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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

Publication Day Will Soon Be Here 

Tfie Date is January 28th 
Read This Issue Carefully arid Prayerfully 

Volume LXVII, Number 1, January 6, 1945 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published weekly, except last week in August 
and last week in December 




J. E. Stookey, President 

N. G. Kimmel, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 


P. C. Vanator 

G. S. Baer 


Rev. Delbert B. Flora, Dr. Charles A. Bame, 

Dr. C. F. Yoder, Rev. Floyd Sibert 


Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Rev. C. A. Stewart, Rev. J. G. Dodds, 
Dr. R. F. Porte, Rev. W. C. Berkshire 

Terms of Subscription. $1.50 per year in advance 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address 

always give both old and new addresses. 
Remittances. Send all money, business communica- 
tions and contributed articles to 
The Brethren Publishing Company 
Ashland, Ohio 

Entered M lecond class matter at Afhiand, Ohio. Accepted for mailing 
at ipecial rate, lection 1103. act of October 3. 1917. Authorized 
September 3, 1928. 

A Word From the President 
of the Publishing Board 


As President of the Publication Board, I wish to 
commend all the Brethren for their wonderful re- 
sponse and faithfulness to each call for assistance 
during the year 1944. You have surely gone all the 
way in your support and we thank God for your in- 
terest in and faithfulness to the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company. 

With such understanding your Publishing Com- 
pany will continue to advance in all respects and we 
ask that you continue to hold us up before the Lord 
in your prayers. 

We are continually looking forward to the time 
when all debts can be erased and all of our efforts 
can be devoted to the improvement of the plant and 
the furtherance of the work of God and the Brother- 
hood. Then may we be able to take our place in the 
sun, and sun to be the Son of God, even Jesus Christ. 

^I!°E Stookey' ^"''"'^*^°" ^°^'"'^ President- ^ rj,^^^^ -^ ^^ ^^^^^. ^^^ ^^ proclaim the merits of 

The' Editor Thinks Aloud— f! C. vy. ................. 3 Jesus to our brethren than through the pages of the 

The Business Manager's Corner— G. S. B 3 Brethren Evcmgelist and the Brethren Quarterlies, 

At Least $5,000.00 Publication Day Offering— OUr medium to the Brethren. 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 4 „, , , , . , , , , . , , 

The Publication Day Offering and Every ChurcJw We earnestly desire your loyal support during the 

Dr. G. S. Baer 4 year 1945. 

Maintaining and Sustaining a Religious Publishing -^ y^g blessings of the Lord abide with each and 

House — Rev. F. C. Vanator •. 5 _,, ti ii 

Boys in Evangelism-Rev. Maynard Mills G ^^^'^ "^e of yoU, my Brethren. 

Fishers of Men— L Our Greatest Goal— Dr. C. F. Yoder . . 7 J. E. Stookey, President. 

With the Laymen 8 

The Bible and Huinan Relationships 8 ^^^.^,,„„ ,,,,,, ,„,,;„,,„,.,^^^ , I I 1 I MI 11 I 11 M I - 

The Passing of Mrs. J. L. Gillin 9 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 10 

?Memoriat s^'ei'vicf "! .':'.''r'':'".". "".■ ."""''. ::.:.:.:.-^ Publication Day Offering 

Christian Endeavor Topic for January 14, 1945 — W. S. B. 12 

The Berlin, Pa., Brotherhood Boys 13 JaHUary 28, 1945 

Prayer Meeting Topic — C. \ . Gilmer 13 "^ ' 

News From Our Churches 14 

Laid to Rest 16 I 1 I ; i I I I"1"I"I"I"I"I '1 I-ri- -! 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Recently there came to the editor's desk a statement 
adopted by the Federal Council of Churches which convened 
in session at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 30th. 
Regardless whether we agree fully with all the tenets set 
forth by this council or not the outline of the duties of the 
churches today is well set forth and can easily be adopted by 
^ch and every congregatoin. These duties are outlined below: 
^ "1. To lead this nation to a new djmamic faith in God and 
to a resolute commitment to the great task remaining before 
us, realizing that only that nation is great whose God is the 

"2. To proclaim that in public policy and conduct we must 
recognize the governance of God and the immutability of the 
moral law, that the leadership to which we are being called 
may be exercised with due humility and under the restraint 
of moral discipline and in cooperation with other nations; 

"3. To teach our people, by faitliful preaching of the Word 
of God and by the example of their life and work in the 
community, that the way to the achievement of the true 
strength and dignity for the individual, the group or nation 
lies not in the pursuit of selfish interest but in the service 
of the common good; 

"4. To warn the people against preoccupation with the 
making and acquisition of things, lest things become the mas- 
ters of men and we lose our souls in secularism; 

"5. To be more aggressive and effective in evangelism and 
Christian education to the end that individuals may be won 
to the acceptance of Christ as Savior and Lord." 

How true it is that in the days that come following the 
war we will be prone to forget the ravishes of these days 
in which we now live, and again turn ourselves to the com- 
placency of past accomplishments and the forgetfulness of 
the trying times through which we now are passing. How 
easy it is to go back to THINGS. 

Today we Remember God and call to mind the sacrifice 

which His Son made upon the cross; we bow before Him with 

^verence, pleading that this war soon end; we take Him our 

, problems and expect a definite solution to come from Him. 

But what of tomorrow ? 

Will we, the members of His Church, be performing the 
duties and beax-ing the obligations and living up to the op- 
portunities which He pro\ades ? Is our faith in God a dy- 
namic faith? Will we be fired with the zeal for an aggres- 
sive and effective evangelism that will win those about us 
to the Master? Time alone will tell and only God knows what 
\\'ill be the harvest. ' 

We will face a "relaxation of social and individual disci- 
pline" that is sure to follow war's end. Someone has said, 
"A new race of men will inhabit the earth." Not different 
in race, creed or color, but different in thought and action. 
Here the church faces its greatest task. Here lies our duty; 
here we face an obligation, not alone to God, but to our fel- 
lowman as well. Will we meet it? 

Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.- 

Waterloo, Iowa, Goes 100 Per Cent 

Getting on the Evangelist honor roll is still a very live 
issue. It is not an easy thing for some churches to do, but 
when they make the grade, the joy to them and to us is all 
the greater because of the persevering effort. We are happ>- 
to report as the latest 100% church, the loyal Brethren of 
Waterloo, Iowa, where Brother Virgil Meyer is the pastor. 
Ninety-five subscriptions and a check covering the amount 
came to our office a few days ago. This is a fine achieve- 
ment. We thank you, Brother Meyer and all the Waterloo 
Brethren. And now, if you will all try to be 100% readers, 
we believe you will be greatly profited throughout the year. 

Our 100% Churches 

1. Vinco, Pennsylvania, C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor 

2. New Lebanon, Ohio, W. Clayton Berkshire, Pastor 

3. North Manchester, Ind., Dr. J. R. Schutz, Pastor 

4. Ashland, Ohio, Lester V. King, Pastor 

5. Johnstown, Pa. (Third), Chester F. Zimmerman, Pastor 

6. Louisville, Ohio, E. M. Riddle, Pastor 

7. Waynesboro, Pa. (Loyal Group), D. C. White, Pastor 

8. Lanark, Illinois, W. C. Benshoflf, Pastor 

9. Washington, D. C, Clarence Fairbanks, Pastor 

10. Rittman, Ohio (Loyal Group), J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

11. West Alexandria, Ohio, E. J. Beekley, Pastor 

12. Bethlehem Church, Virginia, John F. Locke, Pastor 

13. Dayton, Ohio, Vernon D. Grisso, Pastor 

14. Smithville, Ohio, J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

15. College Comer, Indiana, Arthur Tinkle, Pastor 

16. Loree, Indiana, Arthur Tinkle, Pastor 

17. St. James, Md., D. C. White, Pastor 

18. Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Pa. 

19. North Georgetown, 0., L. E. Lindower, Pastor 

20. Waterloo, Iowa, Virgil Meyer, Pastor 

Join the 100 Percenters 

The beginning of the new year is a good time for other 
churches to join the 100% Club. All that is required is to put 
the Brethren Evangelist in every home of your church. It vrill 
prove a great blessing to the home, to the church and to the 

Time to Renew 

Many subscriptions expire with the close of the year. 
Every subscriber should see to it that not a single paper 
is lost by sending in renewal before expiration date. This 
is a suggestion to agents and committees. Go after the re- 
newals early. Send complete address, old and new. And be 
sure to give the name exactly as it appears in the old address. 

Sunday School Commentaries Going Fast 

If you want Higley's ($1.00), Arnold's ($1.00), Peloubet's 
($2.00), or Tarbell's ($2.25), better order now. Last year 
nearly all these books were sold out. Send us your order 
while they are still available. 

We Have Bibles and Testaments 

Christian Workers Testament, 4x5 '/2, Morocco-Cloth, Divin- 
ity Circuit, $2.00 Bibles various sizes and prices up to $10.00. 



fit Least a $5^00 

Publication T)ay Offering 

By Rev. J. G. Dodds 
Secretary-Treasurer of The Brethren Publishing Co. 

As BRETHREN PUBLICATIONS increase in vol- 
ume and grow in quality, so will the BRETHREN 
CHURCH increase in numerical strength and devel- 
opment of Spiritual influence. Speedy accomplish- 
ment of these goals will depend largely upon mechan- 
ical facilities for proper operation of the plant, and 
also the ready access to funds sufficient for enlarge- 
ment of our field of operation. 

Recently visitors at the Publishing House have 
been asking why we do not have an elevator so that 
paper stock and other material could be lowered to 
the basement for storage? We are well aware that 
much of our floor working space is occupied with 
stock material that should be stored in the fine, large 
basement, but without an elevator, shifting of the 
material is almost an impossibility. But an elevator 
costs money, and the Board things that, until spe- 
cial funds are provided for an elevator, we should do 
the best we can for the time being. 

The National Goals .adopted by the General Con- 
ference state that the Publication Day Offering 
should be "at least $5,000." Last year the Church 
went over the top in a fine way. There are several 
reasons why the Offering should be larger this year 
than it was last year. Allow me to mention only a 
few. You will think of others. 

1. The cost of stock and labor has increased. We 
have not increased the prices of our regular publi- 
cations. Annual subscription to the Brethren Evan- 
gelist is still $1.50 per year. We intend to maintain 
that price. 

2. It is the desire of your Publication Board to 
decrease the principal of our indebtedness as quickly 
and rapidly as possible. This can be done only as 
funds are available for that purpose. A banner offer- 
ing this year will help in this aim. When this in- 
debtedness is removed, then available funds can be 
used in a larger service of publication work for the 
Brotherhood and the advancement of the Lord's 

3. This is the Lord's work. The Publishing House 
disseminates spiritual instruction, church news, mis- 
sionary accomplishments, Sunday School literature, 
Ashland College and Seminary propaganda, and all 
other interests of the Church. Let us make this a 
banner offering as unto the Lord. The Brethren Pub^ 
lishing House is the center of publicity for all Breth- 
I'en Institutions and Organizations. As this work 
thrives so will the Brethren Church thrive. 

During the year 1944 contributions to the Breth^ 
ren Publishing House were nearly $9,000. What wi^ 
it be in 1945? The Goals Program calls for "at least 
$5,000." That is the minimum. If every member will 
only double what they gave for Publication Day last 
year, the Offering this year will be over $10,000 
This is the Lord's work; let us "go forward." 

Tke IPuhhcatmi ©ai/ Offering and Cvenj Ghurch 

By Dr. George S. Baer 
Business Manager The Brethren Publishing Company 

It is not a matter of news that we should take a 
Publication Day offering. We have been doing that 
for many years. But it would be a matter of news if 

we should get a 100 percent response from all the 
churches and all the membership of the churches. 
That is what we would like to do. 

JANUARY 6, 1945 


It's in the Budget 

Every member of every church should give be- 
cause this offering is in the National Conference 
budget, and every church should have in its pro- 
gram or budget the making of a gift or the taking 
of an offering. That is a matter of simple loyalty 
to the church at large as set forth repeatedly by the 
action of National Conference. When we appealed 
for the Apartment Fund, we told you frankly that 
it was not in the budget. It was a special project, 
voluntarily undertaken and voluntarily completed, in 
a wonderfulmanner. BUT THIS IS IN THE BUD- 
GET. That makes it every church's obligation. 

It Is a Church P^iblishing House 

Established, owned and governed by the church 
and serving its every department and interest, its 
support becomes the duty of every congregation. You 
know what Paul said (1 Tim. 5:8) of those who 
failed to provide for his own : "He hath denied the 
faith and is worse than an infidel." 

A Work of the Lord 

It stands for the publishing abroad of the mes- 
sage of God to a needy world, and reporting the 
news of the progress of God's kingdom. That makes 
it in very truth a work of the Lord, and it deserves 
the support of all who love the Lord's work. There 
is no more fundamental consideration than this — 

that the publishing house is a great spiritual under- 
taking, and is not a mere business enterprise. Give 
as unto the Lord. 

You Are a Shareholder 

If you are a member of the Brethren church, you 
share in the o\\aiership of the Brethren Publishing 
Company and all its equipment and buildings. It 
should give any one a sense of personal worth to 
know that he has a part interest in so worthy an in- 
stitution, and it also gives him a feeling of personal 
responsibility for its welfare. That is why you, and 
every other member of the Brethren Church, should 
give generously to the Publication Day Offering. 

It is Essential to National Welfare 

The government has recognized the church pub- 
lishing house as essential to the country's welfare. 
It is a vital agency to building and maintaining the 
moral and spiritual welfare of our nation in the hour 
of its greatest need. Time and again we have made 
that appeal as Business Manager to the Selective 
Service Board and their decisions have acknowledged 
the essentiality of the church publishing house. How 
much more ought we to recognize its importance and 
■do everything in our power to make its functioning 
the most effective possible in these critical times. As 
Christian patriots we can serve our nation and the 
kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ by helping to 
make Publication Day Offering a banner offering. 

Publication Day Offering 

January 28, 1945 

Maintaining and Sustaining a Religious Publishing House 

By Rev. Fred C. Vanator 
Editor of Publications The Brethren Publishing Company 

We shall deal with but two phases of the prob- 
lems that confront a religious publishing house. But 
they are the very vitals of the work of sending de- 
nominational information out over the brotherhood. 
They have been the most vital problems of the re- 
ligious press since the time church magazines be- 
came an integral part of the work of the church. 
These two problems are "maintaining" and "sustain- 
ing" the work. 

We make no apology for coming to the member- 
ship of the Brethren Church, asking for another 
great Publication Day Offering. We have every rea- 
son to feel that it is the will of the church that we 
do this. The manner in which you have suported this 
work in the past several years, and especially during 

the last year, has given us this impression, for the 
evident interest shown is proof of -your desire to 
have a growing Publishing House. 

But to our two problems : 
I. Maintaining a Religious Publishing House 

We might begin by asking, "Just why have a de- 
nominational publishing house ? Why not satisfy our- 
selves by using the literature of other religious print- 
ing establishments and thus let them pay the costs 
of maintaining a printing plant?" We think the an- 
swer is so obvious that we need not more than pause 
to point out the foolishness of the question. "We be 
Brethren" and as such we require "Brethren" teach- 
ings, "Brethren" plans, "Brethren" programs. 



"Brethren" organizational reports, "Brethren" ideas, 
"Brethren" information, and "Brethren" fellowship. 
These surely do not come from any press, save a 
"Brethren Press." And I think I hear a chorus of 
"Amens" from the ranks of our denomination. 

There is no other way of disseminating informa- 
tion, so vital to the program and progress of the gen- 
eral Church, than through the columns of the Offi- 
cial Organ of the Church, in our case, TJie Brethren 
Evangelist, and our Brethren Sunday School litera- 

That our church magazine is read by a great ma- 
jority of the members of the church is proved by the 
comments that come to the editor's desk throughout 
the year. Why is it read? Because the members are 
vitally interested in what the chui'ch-in-general is 
doing ; in what the plans are for the future ; in what 
sectors we are advancing, and how the church is 
prospering. Which all adds up to the fact that there 
always has been and always will be ( until the church 
militant becomes the church triumphant) a vital 
need of maintaining our own religious publishing 
house, an institution which must be supported by the 
entire Church. 

//. Sustaining a Religious Publishing House 

While maintain essentially means "to hold or keep 
in a state of efficiency or soundness," to sustain 
means, "to bear up, to uphold, to support." In other 
words, if we are to "keep our publishing house in a 
state of efficiency and soundness" we must "bear it 
up, uphold it and support it." 

The Editor has often been asked, "Why cannot 
our church paper be self-supporting? Why is it that 
it does not pay for itself? And, since it does not, 
why can't it be made to do so?" These questions are 
quite easy to answer. No publication can possibly be 
self-sustaining without a great majority of the space 

in it being devoted to advertising. Witness your sec- 
ular magazines. Whole pages devoted to this, for 
which the companies publishing the magazines re- 
ceive thousands of dollars in compensation. So you 
ask, "Well, why don't we carry advertising?" For 
two very definite reasons : 1. Those who receive The 
Evangelist would not like to have half of their maga- 
zine filled with "ads." 2. Even if we would be per- 
mitted to take up the space, our circulation is not 
sufficiently large to cause any firm to seek space in 
our columns. For advertising must pay dividends to 
those who advertise, and the number of people the 
issue reaches is the criterion by which the advertiser 
measures his desire to insert an "ad." 4 

And in no other way could a magazine become 

The Alternative 

So, the alternative is that we must ask for a Pub- 
lication Day Offering each year which is commen- 
surate with the needs of the publishing house. And 
that is why we feel no hesitancy in coming to you 
again this year and suggesting, yes, even insisting, 
that you do as well or better on JANUARY 28 (the 
date of the Publication Day Oflfering) than you did 
last January. Money is even more plentiful now than 
it was then. And you should share it with your Pub- 
lishing House. And notice that I said, "YOUR" Pub- 
lishing House, for it is just that, the property of the 
General Conference of the Brethren Church, of 
which you are a part. Why not give, at least, a tithe 
of your earnings the week this offering is taken ? If 
each member of the Brethren Church would do that 
it would mean the largest offering the Publishing 
Company has ever received. 

The Lord said, "I will pour you out a blessing, that 
there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Mal- 
achi 3:10) Why not try it and see? 


• ID y s In Cvangelism 

By Rev. Mdynard Mills, Member of the National Boys Work Committee 

Boys do not deliglit in reading tlie Bible by the hour and 
in attending long religious services. Their lives are lives of 
activity. They are not expected to be little old men because 
they are Christian. In their own way they serve and fill their 
own place in evangelism. They are loyal to their Master, they 
are sincere and truthful. These characteristics make the tes- 
timony of the Christian boy effective. 

Henry Drummond, professor and minister of days past, 
tells the follovring stories which are typical of a boy's faith- 
fulness to duty and his effectiveness in evangelism. 

"There was a boy in Glasgow apprenticed to a gentleman 
who made telegraphs. The gentleman told me this himself. 

One day this boy was up on the top of a four-story house 
with a number of men fixing a telegraph wire. The work 
was all but done. It was getting late, and the men said they 
were going away home, and t'he boy was to nip off the ends 
of the wire himself. Before going down they told him to be 
sure to go back to the workshop, when he was finished, with 
his master's tools. 'Do not leave any of them lying about, 
whatever you do,' said the foreman. 

"The boy climbed the pole and began to nip off the ends 
of the wire. It was very cold, and the dusk was gathering. 
He lost his hold and fell down upon the slates, slid down, 
and then over and over to the ground below. A clothes-rope, 

JANUARY 6, 1945 


stretched across the yard into which he was just about to 
fall, caught him on the chest and broke his fall; but the 
shock was terrible, and he lay unconscious among some 
clothes on the grass. An old woman came out; seeing her 
rope broken and the clothes all soiled, thought the boy was 
drunk, shook him, scolded him, and went for the policeman. 
And the boy with the shaking came back to consciousness, 
rubbed his eyes, and got upon his feet. What do you think! 
he did? He staggered, half blind, away up the stairs. He' 
climbed the ladder. He got on to the roof of the house. He 
gathered up his tools, put them into his basket, took them 
down, and when he got to the ground again, fainted dead 
away. Just then the policeman came, saw there was some- 
thing seriously wrong, and carried him away to the hospital, 
where he lay for some time. I am glad to say he got better. 
What was his first thought at that terrible moment ? His 
duty. He was not thinking of himself; he was thinking about 
his master." 

I remember once of hearing of another boy. He was very, 
very poor. He lived in a foreign country, and his mother said 
to him one day that he must go into the great city and start 
in business, and she took his coat and cut it open and sewed 
between the lining and the coat forty golden dinars, (a dinar 
is a gold coin of Arabia) which she had saved up for many 
years to start him in life. She told him to take care of rob- 
bers as he went across the desert; and as he was going out 
the door she said: "My boy, I have only two words for you^ — 
'Fear God, and never tell a lie.' " The boy started off, and 
toward evening he saw glittering in the distance the lights 
of the great city, but between the city and himself he saw 
a cloud of dust; it came nearer, presently he saw that it 
was a band of robbers. One of the robbers left the rest and 
rode toward him, and said: "Boy, \vhat have you got?" And 
the boy looked him in the face and said: "I have forty golden 
dinars sewed up in my coat." And the robber laughed and 
wheeled around his horse and rode away back. He would not 
believe the boy. But a little later the robber captain came, 
and he said: "Boy, what have you got?" "I have forty golden 
dinars sewed up in my coat." And the robber dismounted 
and put his hand over the boy's breast, felt something round, 
counted one, two, three, four, five, till he counted out the 
forty golden coins. He looked the boy in the face, and said: 
"Why did you tell me that?" The boy said: "Because of God 
and my mother." And the robber leaned on his spear and 
thought, and said: "Wait a moment." He mounted his horse, 
rode back to the rest of the robbers, and came back in about 
five minutes with his clothes changed. This time he looked 
not like a robber, but like a merchant. He took the boy on 
his horse and said: "My boy, I have long wanted to do some- 
thing for my God and for my mother, and I have this mo- 
ment renounced my robber's life. I am also a merchant. I 
have a large business house in the city. I want you to come 
and live with me, to teach me about your God; and you will 
be rich, and your mother some day will come and live with 
us." And it all happened that way. 

Boys are often not models of piety, after the adult stand- 
ard but boys will be loyal, they will be truthful and sincere. 
These virtues, shown with Christian knowledge, make boys 
effective in evangelism. 

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Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 



(Dr. C. F. Yoder, one of our "Editorial Writers" has sent 
the Editor a series of articles under the general title of 
"Fishers of Men" which are aimed to be helpful in the cam- 
paign for 2,000 souls which is being waged up until Easter 
Time. These will appear weekly until the entire twelve ar- 
ticles comprising the series are presented. We trust that they 
will be of real value, not alone to the personal workers of 
the various churches, but that they will be of great interest 
to the brotherhood at large. — F. C. V.) 

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It was a tired lot of men on the shore of the Lake of Gali- 
lee that early morning when they heard Jesus coin the phrase 
used above as the title of this writing. They had been fishing 
all night and had caught nothing. Early in the morning while 
they were washing their nets Jesus came, followed by a mul- 
titude that wished to hear Him preach. He asked the fish- 
ermen for the loan of their boat, and, after preaching his 
sermon, Jesus asked the owners of the boat to push out into 
the deep and let down their nets for a draught. They did so 
and enclosed a great multitude of fishes. That must have 
convinced them that Jesus knew how to fish as well as preach. 
So great was the confidence inspired that when Jesus invited 
them to leave their nets and follow Him they immediately 
did so. He had not promised them wages or lives of plenty 
and ease; He promised them something that was more attrac- 
tive to them than that. He said to them "I will make you 
fishers of men." 

What was so attractive in that promise that they should 
leave their great catch of fish, their boats and business and 
homes to follow a comparative stranger? It was that they 
had already grasped the thought that this man was "He of 
whom Moses and the prophets did write," the Savior whom 
all pious Jews were expecting. They- understood that it was 
their duty to obey Him and His miraculous gift of fishes 
to them had kindled the beginnings of an undying love. 

But that was only the beginning. They did not yet know 
the experiences of the gift of the Holy Spirit with the conse- 
quent quickening of their entire being, and the spiritual gifts 
following, or the power and the fi-uitfulness of the life of 
service which was to be theirs, or the glory of the fellow- 
ship of His sufferings. They had much to learn, but enough 
to begin. Soon they were telling their relatives and compan- 
ions, and the path of service led to the gates of praise. 

Later a young man who had great riches received a simi- 
lar invitation but he went away sorrowing because he lacked 
the vision to accept it. Another young man, a modern mil- 
lionaire, heard the call and heeded it. He sold his all and 
gave it to the work of the Lord. He prepared to be a mis- 
sionary and was sent to China vnth the same small allow- 
ance that others received. Is it any wonder that the Lord 



blessed his labors? Later a great oil company sent a man 
to find for them in China some one who might be their gen- 
eral agent there. He was to know the language, the people 
and the country; be loved by the people, and be a master of 
men. After a time the agent cabled the company: "Have found 
the man but doubt if we can get him." The company cabled 
back: "Give him his own price." The oil agent approached 
the missionary and offered him five, ten, twenty, fifty thou- 
sand dollars a year, but still he declined to accept. "Look 
here," he said to the agent, "it is not a question of salary, but 
of work. The salary is too large, but the job is too small. Why 
should I leave the work of winning souls to sell oil?" 

Was the missionary wise or was he wi-ong? 

The Brethren Church has adopted a number of goals to 
stimulate definite prayer during the present year. One of 
these is to win at least two thousand souls to Christ by Eas- 
ter. There are three months left in which to do that. How 
many have been won ? How many members of the church have 
won one soul ? How many pastors are leading their mem- 
bers in an all out campaign to meet this goal ? Is it too 
much to expect a twelve per cent increase when Jesus spoke 
of thirty, sixty and an hundred fold? Cannot eight Spirit- 
filled members win one soul in a year or even in three 
months ? And if our members are not Spirit-filled, who is 
to blame? 

The goals adopted are all important, but none so impor- 
tant as this. 

1. It is the most important item in God's plan, for evan- 
gelization is the heart of the great commission to the church. 
Matthew 28:19, 20. 

2. It is the most important item for the world's welfare, 
for the Gospel only is "the power of God unto salvation." 
Romans 1:16. 

3. It is the greatest consideration for every individual for 
"there is none other name under heaven given among men 
in which we must be saved." Acts 2:47. 

4. It is the great work in which the Lord himself is a part- 
ner, for we read that "the Lord added to the church daily 
such as should be saved." Acts 4:12. 

5. It is the work which most interests the saints in glory, 
for we read that "they wthout us should not be made per- 
fect." Hebrews 11:40. 

6. It is the work which causes joy even among the angels. 
Luke 15:7. 

7. It is the work which is prerequisite to the return of the 
Lord. Matthew 24:14. 

No wonder John R. Mott declined to be the U. S. Ambas- 
sador to China because he preferred to be an ambassador of 
Christ to the world. But does not this goal call us all to this 
royal rank of ambassadors? 2 Cor. 5:20. Or, rather, does 
not the Lord himself call us to this work, and if so who 
are we that we should make excuse and disobey ? 

^ With the Laymen 

By U. J. Shively 

As we emter the new year, we recognize January designated 
as Church Finances and Publication month. 

We may review our activities of the year past, but oui 
greatest concern is of the coming year. Some one has said. 

"If the laymen are let in on the financing of the churchy 
it will be easier to sell tithing to them." 

Do the laymn as a rule, take notice of the expenditure of 
the Church finances? Are they informed concerning the bud- 
get what organizations are supported and the amounts? Just 
what does each layman know as to his local church finances ? 
We all like to know what our money is spent for. 

The prophet Malachi, in Chapter 3, verse 8, gives us a 
picture of many of the laity. Members of the Brethren Church 
should also take this portion of God's word and obey it. 

When the budget is made up for the coming year, every 
member should decide that the tithe is to be given to the 
Lord. If All should bring the tithe and offerings into the 
"storehouse" and "prove" God, the local church would grow 
as never before and all organizations of our denomination 
would have plenty of money to expand and carry forward a 
program of which God nor man would be ashamed. 

Laymen, concern yourselves about the Church finances. 

The Church needs men and money to carry relief and the 
Gospel to war torn areas; to preach the "good news" at home 
and abroad. If the laymen bring their tithes and offerings 
into the treasury of the Lord, God will open the way to use 
the money and will pour out blessings on the givers. 

Then the Brethren Evangelist. If the pastor does not do it, 
then let the laymen make a definite effort to have the church 
paper go into every home, so the membership may be in- 
formed as to plans and programs of the Church. 

The laymen have an opportunity to be used in a large way 
for the Lord in 1945. 

Will we do it? 

Nappanee, Indiana. 

The Bible and Human Relationships 

Surveys show that the Bible is being read by more people 
today than ever before. The war is, of course, responsible. 
Families at home, men on the fighting fronts and prisoners 
of war need faith to see them through. But what about to- 
morrow? Will the truths of the Bible now being absorbed 
by more millions than ever change human relationships so 
that "peace on earth, good-will towards men" will really pre- 

Dr. Francis C. Stifler, editorial secretary of the American 
Bible Society, says "there is no better instrumentality to 
speed the rehabilitation of bleeding Europe than the Bible." 
The best things in American life spring from it. The found- 
ing fathers who built the framework of the republic were 
nursed and reared on the Bible and wove the wisdom and 
love of humanity gleaned from it into the fabric of our So- 

When human relationships clash in bitter struggle and in 
war, it is because the teachings of the Bible have been ig- 

Daniel Webster once said: "If we abide by the principles 
taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to 
prosper, but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction 
and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may 
overwhelm our glory in profound obscurity." 

While to the casual observer business and the Bible seem 
an insoluble mixture, a study of the lives of some of our 
business giants reveal the steady influence of the Bible. John 
Wanamaker, founder of a famous department store, was a 

JANUARY 6, 1945 


lifelong student of the Bible and a man who earnestly sought 
to guide big business by it. A half century ago, he stated 
with remarkable insight: 

"I cannot too greatly emphasize the importance and value 
of Bible study — more important than ever before in these 
days of uncertainties, when men and women are apt to de- 
cide questions from the standpoint of expediency rather than 
upon the eternal principles laid down by God himself." 

How quickly international cartels and monopolies would 
vanish if other business leaders followed Mr. Wanamaker's 
profound advice. 

Wherever the Bible has gone, Dr. Stifler points out, men's 
way of living has had to change: 

"They abandon their dirty huts and build decent homes. 
They begin to cleanse both their bodies and their minds. 
They begin to sing new songs. They develop new arts — they 
are on the march to the rich human heritage which God in- 
tended for them." 

This noted Bible authority and Christian leader believes 
that the better world of tomorrow must have its roots in the 
home — the kind of home in which the Bible has an exalted 
place. His words are worth remembering: 

"If the world for which we are struggling now is to be 
a world where righteousness shall prevail under democratic 
rule, the comman man, who is the ultimate ruler, must know 
something about the sources of the freedoms he would enjoy. 
These freedoms are essentially religious. They have never 
been successfully propagated apart from the popular use of 
the Bible. The only place in the present set-up of our Amer- 
ican life where the Bible can be effectively used to this end 
is in the home. The hope fo the future of the world appears 
then, to be invested in the wider use of the Bible in the 
?iome. It is God's instrument by which men may be empow- 
ered to resist evil, do good, love their neighbor, build happy 
homes, strengthen nations, achieve peace and usher in the 
Kingdom for which our Saviour taught us to pray. 

The Passing of Mrs. J. L Gillin 

From a letter of Brother J. L. Gillin to Brother George 
Baer, under the date of December 13th, (referred to in the 
last issue of The Evangelist) we quote the following: 

"This is to convey to you the sad news that Mrs. Gillin 
,^ passed away in one of our Madison hospitals on November 
"■•^ 15. She had been ill with an attack of asthma since about 
the middle of September. However, she had improved suffi- 
ciently to be dowTistairs and I had taken her for a number 
of rides in the soft October sunshine. About the middle of 
October she took a turn for the worse and we took her to 
the hospital. There apparently she was improving under the 
doctor's care, but the strain was too great upon her heart. 

"The large funeral, the beautiful floral offerings, and the 
scores of letters I have received since, testify to her capacity 
to make friends, and to some of the virtues described in the 
enclosed copy of a letter from Rev. L. B. Moseley of the 
First Baptist Church, which we had attended since coming 
to Madison. Our membership has always remained in the 
First Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa. She joined the 
Brethren Church shortly after we were married on May 18, 
1897. For forty-seven and a half years as her husband I can 
testify that the Rev. Moseley's words do not exaggerate, 
and omit mention of many qualities which I knew and ap- 
preciated over the years." 

The following is the tribute which was written to the pres- 
ent pastor of the Madison Baptist Church, Rev. Charles R. 
Bell, by Rev. Moseley, former pastor of Dr. and Mrs. Gillin. 
Rev. Moseley is now the pastor of the First Baptist Church 
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rev. Moseley says of Mrs. Gillin: 

"When I reached Madison in September, 1932, Dr. and Mrs. 
Gillin were still away on an extended trip. The things that 
were told me about them made me increasingly anxious to 
meet these people. I have known them now for twelve years. 
During this time it has been one of the greatest privileges 
and blessings of my life to have them as intimate friends 
and counsellors. What I have to say comes out of personal 
knowledge of their life in the home, the church, the Uni- 
versity, the community. My last night in Madison was spent 
in their home. On the basis of this kind of knowledge I would 
like to record with sincere frankness some convictions which 
I have about Mrs. Gillin, and equally about Dr. Gillin. All 
of these things I have tried to let them know before this day. 
For this I am grateful. 

"Mrs. Gillin was thoroughly genuine. She was at all times 
the same gentle, considerate, wise woman, whether acting as 
a mother, a church leader, a citizen or a friend. She was 
pure gold. In an age of pretense and show, we need more 
people who are as thoroughly honest and as absolutely sin- 
cere as was Mrs. Gillin. 

"Mrs. Gillin was more than genuine. To her genuineness 
we may add that there were elements of true greatness. 
Many times have I sought her judgment about matters of 
import to the life of more than one major institution of Mad- 
ison. I don't ever recall having failed to follow her advice. 
In each case I discovered that her judgment had been pro- 
found. I do not say that she was a great woman merely be- 
cause she had wise judgment. 

"She was great to me in the same sense that she was 
Christ-like. Many races found a warm fellowship in her home. 
Her concern embraced the lowliest and neediest of people. 
She was the first to call my attention to the foreign students 
at the University. She it was that pointed out to me the need 
for better social life for the detached working girls of our 
community. On many occasions it was she who talked with 
me about the best way to handle some delicate and difficult 
problem of the family or some young person. 

"As I think about her today, in the light of all these expe- 
riences, I can say with strict honesty, she was genuine, she 
was great, she was good. 

"Although I feel that I have lost a great friend, my heart 
rejoices today. Why shouldn't we rejoice ? We have seen what 
the spirit of Christ means in human life! Let us be thank- 
ful to God for Mrs. Gillin. We are and will continue to be 
better, more unselfish, more useful people because this gen- 
uine, great and good woman crossed our pathway. 

"All of you who know her ^vill agree with what I have said. 
Many of you could say it better. No one of you could say it 
with deeper feelings of gratitude to the Father of Jesus 

Here ends the tribute of Rev. Moseley. Those of the Breth- 
ren Church who have known and loved this sister, will all 
be willing to say a fervent "Amen" to everything that has 
been said above. 

We pray God's richest blessings to be upon Dr. Gillin in 
this his hour of sorrow. But we sorrow not as those who have 
no hope. For hope maketh alive. 

It is possible to build a crooked wall out of straight brick. 
-Christian Advocate. 

pag'E ten 


Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

As you read this, the students will again be deep in their 
studies, following a Christmas holiday of almost three weeks. 
Christmas comes as a welcome break in the school year but 
students are always ready to return to the campus. Because 
of the congested travel conditions, classes did not open until 
Wednesday of this week. 

The Christmas season was beautiful on the campus this 
year. The unusual snow the week that classes were dismissed 
gave a definite Christmas feel to the season. Christmas 
Carols from the Myers home, the annual Allen Hall dinner 
and the party given the students by the faculty were in the 
usual Christmas spirit. 

The Chapel Committee of the College made a special effort 
this year to provide a week of outstanding programs for 
the students to place them in the frame of mind to appre- 
ciate Christmas as it should be appreciated by all Christians. 
Stressing of the birth of Christ was outstanding. 

The Basket Ball team began the season in a very promis- 
ing manner before the holidays but the last two games, those 
with Capital and Camp Perry had to be cancelled because 
of the conditions of the roads in and around Ashland. So 
far the team has won three games and lost two. Games next 
week are with Kenyon on Tuesday, Muskingum on Thursday, 
both on the home court and Capital in Columbus on Satur- 
day. Fifteen more games are scheduled. 


Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 

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The Bo\^ and His; School Life 

By Walter C. Wertz 

(Delivered at the recent Brethren Boys Brotherhood Con- 
vention held at the Third Brethren Church, Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, November 24 and 25). 

Every boy looks forward to this phase of his school life — 
holidays. (Boys meeting was held during Thanksgiving holi- 
days). Boys count the days from one holiday to the next. 
This is just natural, for in most cases adults anxiously await 
their day off or vacation; 

In Luke 2:52 we read, "And Jesus increased in wisdom 
and stature and in favor with God and man." Jesus gi'ew up 
as any other normal boy. He received a meager education 
from his earthly parents. We have often seen the picture of 
Jesus in his father's work shop learning a trade. Also the 
picture of Jesus before the doctors and scribes both asking 
and answering questions. 

We want to now trace a little history of the early begin- 
nings of schools.. In most countries aristocrats have not 
wanted the masses to become educated, and it was not until 
the 19th century that the public schools, in the American 
sense, became popular. In most cases, especially in Colonial 
America, the schools were under the direction of the Church. 

The minister served the Church and was also the school mas- 
ter. In the Massachusetts Colony about the middle of the 
17th Century they required every town of fifty families to 
have an elementary school, and every town of one hundred 
families to have a grammar school. This latter school was 
a preparatory school for higher education, and in most cases, 
especially in New England, it was for the ministry. In Eng- 
land you had such boys schools as Rugby and Eton. Co-edu- 
cation was not very popular. 

We want to now turn your attention to the school of yes- 
terday and contrast it with the school of today. We are 
thinking now of a Roman school at about the time of the 
Apostle Paul. The school was only for the boys of well-to-do 
families. The boys sat on the floor, and they had no books. 
The only book used was the one the teacher had, and the boys 
listened and made notes on a form of parchment that was 
used at that time. This is quite different from what we enjoy 
today. We have comfortable buildings, and everyone is sup- 
plied with the necessary books. The school is not just for 
boys but also for girls. The schools of today are offering 
various courses of study such as the Academic, Commercial 
and Manual training (Shop Crafts) courses. 

True education is a constant reorganizing or reconstruct- 
ing of experiences. Worthw'hile education makes one desire 
to keep on growing and gives one the means of developing 
tastes and talents. Some have defined education as a prepara- 
tion for the future. But we cannot confine education to this 
alone. A better definition we believe would be "Education is 
Life." Education is a continual process of living. Everyone 
of you boys will soon be looking forward to the day you 
go out and look for a job. Each time you fill out an appli- 
cation you will note the employer always wants to know how 
much education you have had. More employers are demand- 
ing that their employees have an education than ever before. 
School subjects are not taught today just because they have 
been taught in the past; but schools are trying to determine 
what study and training will enable the student to be of 
greatest service to himself and his community. Education 
includes developing of the hands as well as the brain. We 
have learned much in this country from the Swedes, who 
were the first to put manual training into their schools. 

School days are the best and happiest years of your life. 
The friendships you form will be long lasting. The numer- 
ous activities you have associated with in school will always 
be remembered. You are learning to play and work together. 
You see the football team making a long run or a touchdown, 
and you will see that each boy is responsible or is cooper- 
ating to make that possible. This working together is very 
evident today in this world-wide struggle. Just think when 
our boys made their landing on Leyte. What cooperation it 
took from the air forces, the naval forces, and the land troops. 
If just one of these groups would have failed, think what 
the results would have been. You have no doubt noticed that 
boys home on furlough always come around to the school, 
even though they were not too fond of school when they 
were there. Yes, boys, take every opportunity you have to 
get an education. Education pays big dividends. It is some- 
thing no one can take from you. 

— Conemaugh, Pa. 

"We shape ourselves the joy or fear 
Of which the coming life is made, 
And fill our future atmosphere 
With sunshine or with shade. 

JANUARY 6, 1945 

Page eleven 

\^ Died in Our Country's Service ")^ 

Sgt. Glen C. Dowler 
of the Quiet Dell Brethren Church 

A Memorial Service 

The following is a program for the service at the Quiet 
Dell Brethren Church, Rev. Arthur R. Baer, pastor, which 
was held as a memorial for one of their young men killed 
in action over Germany. We thought that it might be well 
to publish this service, inasmuch as other churches will have 
occasion to use such a service. The service follows: 

Prelude "Meditation" 

Call to Worship 

When my soul is in heaviness, and my heart is disquieted 
within me; when darkness is round about my path, and all 
Thy tempests go over my head: Then will I betake me to the 
great congregation, to hear again the voice of the Lord — 
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and 
I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of 
me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest 
unto your souls; For my yoke is easy, and my burden is 


Lord, our God, from Whom we come, to Whom we go, 
the beginning and the end of our lives, deal gently with our 
frailty. Amid all the changes and sorrows of life visit us 
with Thy mercy. Let the broken hopes of this world move 
us more and more to put our hope in Thee, the Refuge and 
Home of Thy children in all generations. And unto Thee, O 
God, our Father, be praise and glory, now and evermore. 

Hynm "My Faith Looks Up To Thee" 

Scripture ' Psalm 46 


Hymn "0 That Will Be Glory For Me" 

Responsive Memorial Service 

Pastor: God, our Father, in Whom and by Whom all things 

live, Who by Thy Spirit dost command us to seek, and art 

ever ready to be found. 
People: We praise Thee, and give thanks for Thy glory. 
Pastor: For all generations before us who through pain and 

sacrifice have wrought so that we might be heirs of liberty 

and truth and peace: 
People: We thank Thee, our Father, and pray that we may 

be worthy. 
Pastor: Guide all those who are in places of leadership and 

authority with insight and faithfulness that our nation may 

clearly speak the right and Thy will be done: 
People: Mercifully hear our prayers, and bless with wisdom 

and courage all those whom the people have entrusted 

with responsibility. 
Pastor: God, Who hast disclosed Thy purpose in the Prince 

of Peace, still the tumult of the peoples of the worLd; 

take away the lust for power that makes the nations rage 
so furiously: 

People: Mercifully hear our prayers, and grant Thy people 
courageous faith and steadfast devotion. 

Pastor: Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, Who in 
all our affliction art afflicted; look in tender compassion 
upon all who are suffering in this time of strife and war- 
fare of nations. 

People: Hear our prayers, bring good out of evil, and make 
the wrath of men to turn to praise. 

Pastor: We are gathered together in reverence, to honor 
those who have answered the call of our country in her 
hour of emergency. In order that we may not forget these 
things for which our fathers died to secure and our sons 

People: We today commemorate their sacrifice. 

Pastor: As a pledge of lasting friendship, affection and 
gratitude to those who have answered the call of our coun- 

People: We commemorate their sacrifice. 

Pastor: As a pledge that we shall, under God, do what we 
can for the establishment of peace and good will through- 
out the earth so that they shall have not fought and died 
in vain: 

People: We commemorate their sacrifice. 

Pastor: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Be- 
hold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell 
with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself 
shall be vdth them, and be their God. 

People: And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes. 

Pastor: And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, 
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the 
former things are passed away. 

Duet "TTie Cross is Not Greater than His Grace" 

The Sermon 

Hymti "T Gave My Life For Thee" 


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Candlelight Communion 

On the evening of November 1, we had the most beautiful 
Communion service one could imagine. At the head of the 
large lower auditorium under the lighted cross was hung a 
copy of da Vinci's picture The Last Supper. Below and in 
front of that was placed a table on which were set candles 
and one black Judas candle. Long tables filled the auditorium 
and on these were placed rows of candles. Other candles were 
placed elsewhere in the room. More than one hundred can- 
dles provided the only light for the tables. The people as- 
sembled in' the main auditorium for devotion then went to 
the tables. The pastor had lighted the Christ candle before 
they could all get to the tables, then when all had found 
chairs, but before they sat down, he took light from the 
Christ candle and touched the disciple candles. Then the 
people sat down. After the Feet Washing and the Love Feast, 
just before the Eucharist, he snuffed out the black Judas 
candle and set it aside. Last Easter the Christ and disciple 
candle-lighting service was used for the first tinif . The at- 
tendance was large for a fall Communion. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"ToplCB copFilslited by the InterEifttlODftl Society of Cbrlatlin i^udeapor. 
Daed by permlasloii. " 



Topic for January 14, 1945 


Scripture: Micah 6:18; Phil. 3:7-14 

For The Leader 

To all of us there comes a time when we wonder what 
life is all about. We are born into this world, live for a 
number of years, and then depart; that which- is left of us 
being placed under the sod. Not a very comforting thought 
to many people. But back of it all there must be some pur- 
pose in life. Yes, there is. Tonight we want to determine what 
purpose, and so conform our lives that we may quickly fulfill 

All of us can be better Christians, and do more for Christ 
if we will seek to know God's purpose in our life. We should, 
through prayer and meditation, look for the will of God for 
us. It can be done. In this new year it should be our great 
objective to learn God's will and do it. 


1. A STEP IN THE DARK. We compare at once two pos- 
sible paths. These paths are trod by two kinds of people; 
those who are Christians, and those who are not. For the 
unchristian, it is a path of darkness, in which each step 
is into the unknown. There is no light. Each step is a chance, 
with no one to guide them. God has a purpose in each soul 
that liveth, but unless that soul comes to Christ for salva- 
tion, there is no chance of it fulfilling the purpose of God. 

The Christian steps forward into a promising future of 
light. Christ, the light of the world, guides their every move. 
A soul thus redeemed is ready to fulfill the will of God for 
them. Consider these two ways, and walk in the light. 

2. GOD'S PURPOSE IN US. God looked out over the beau- 
tiful world and universe He created. He saw the animals; He 
heard the birds singing. He saw the mighty ocean waves roll 
upon the shore. His eyes took in the beautiful sunsets. He 
saw the countless stars in the dark night. But in all His 
beautiful world, there was no soul or being that could look 
upon these things, appreciate them, and thus praise the 
Maker of them. So God's great plan of man's creation was 
put into action. Man was created by God out of the dust of 
the earth. But God gave man a part of His own Spirit — a 
soul. Man breathed eternal existence. He received a mind 
capable of seeing things and giving thanks for them. Thus 
God's great purpose in creating man was that He might 
have adoration and worship for ever. Primarily, our real 
purpose in living is to praise and serve God. 

3. THE FAILURE. All would have gone all right in God's 
universe, except for one thing. In one being there developed 
a seed of jealousy and of pride. This grew until it caused 
a revolution in heaven and Lucifer, the Beautiful, was cast 
forth and many of the heavenly angels with him, to become 
the devil and his angels. Man would still have overcome this 
if he had obeyed God. Man, though being created a free 
moral being, was instilled with the privilege of choosing be- 
tween right and wrong. He chose the wrong. To this day, 

natural man has determined to be selfish. He may see all 
that God has done, but He does not praise God. Only as we 
overcome sin in our life through Christ can we praise God. 
This calls for a continual practice of self-control and prayer. 
Let us not be found among those who curse God, His beauty 
and kindness. 

4. HE HATH SHOWN TO US. It may be a question in our 
mind as to how we can know when we are doing God's pur- 
pose in our life. There are certain tests by which we can 
judge. If we find pleasure in doing our particular job in the 
Church. If our work makes others happy. If our work results 
in good fruit, then we can be sure that we are in God's will. 
It may be, though, that our work apparently isn't bearing 
fruit, and it might appear that we weren't in God's will. In 
that case, watch for the budding and the blossoming, which 
predicts fruit to come. 

More than that, God hath shown us what He wants us to 
do. It may not be in so many words or specific direction. It 
comes though to the soul who is dedicated to His service. 
God will show us from day to day the way He wants us to 
go. When we are in His will, we know it. When we are out 
of His will, we know it. Why? For He hath showed us what 
is good. He requires us to live justly, to love mercy, and to 
walk humbly with Him. 

5. ANOTHER CERTAIN TEST. Paul gives us a definite 
pattern of testing to see if we are following God's purpose 
in life. If we can forget the things which are past (failures, 
successes, personal ambitions) and look ever forward to 
greater things in Christ; if we consider doing things for 
the Church of greater importance than other things; and if 
heaven looks better to us than earth; then we can be sure 
we are following the will of God. All of us, at our best, are 
weak instruments for such a high calling of serving Christ. 
However, when we lay body and soul at His altar, He can 
make us powerful servants of His. 

6. WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH US. Some noted person 
once made the statement that "The world has yet to see 
what God can do with a person who is fully dedicated to His 
service." This at once brings two thoughts to mind. First, 
that God does use any and all who come to Him for ser- 
vice. Second, that no man has yet put himself completely 
in the hands of God. We sing, "Have thine own way. Lord," 
and then go our owm way. The degree to which this is true 
in our life determines the extent of our usefulness to Him. 
If we follow Him completlly, He will use us to fulfill His 

God has never failed to use a person who wanted to serve 
Him. In finding God's purpose in life we shall find a life of 
service. That's why we were created. The world offers service 
of pleasure and sin, with darkness and death to follow. Christ 
offers service of pleasure and joy, with eternal reward and 
life to follow. This is the day of choice. "Choose ye this day 
whom ye will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve 
the Lord," said Joshua. Paul says, "I Press onward," as does 
every true Christian. Christ goes wath us all the way. That 
is enough for us to know. 


1. How can we really know if we are in God's will ? 

2. Does "giving our all to Christ" mean the sacrifice of 
every earthly enjoyment? 

3. Name some Christians of the past who found God's pur- 
pose in life. 

4. Name some Christians of today who you feel are finding 
God's purpose in their life. 

JANUARY 6, 1945 


5. Tell what you would like to be doing in life just ten 
years from now. Do you think your plan fits into God's pos- 
sible plan for you? 





Young Men and Boys' 



The Berlin, Pa., Brotherhood Boys 

I'lijiit Row (L. to R.): Samuel Kendall, Robert Edmiston, 
Joseph Glessner, Fred W. Brant, Adviser, Jerry Kendall, 
Eugene Schrock. 

Second Row (L. to R.): Clarence Deitz, Edward Deitz, Wil- 
liam Cober, Richard Snyder, Robert Hoffman, Joseph Shultz. 
James Coughenour, Leroy Brant. 

Other members not in the picture are: George Fisher, Ed- 
win Landis, Gene Horning, Ronald Walker, William Whet- 
stone, William Dively, Merle Queer, Tom Queer, Henry Fritz, 
Merle McGee. 

All of the older boys belong to the Berean Sunday School 
Class of which Brother Fred W. Brant has been the teacher 
for the past five years. Each Brotherhood boy makes an oral 
prayer at each Brotherhood meeting, and most of the boys 
make public prayers when called upon. Three of the boys are 
stewards in the Berlin Brethren Church. About half of the 
boys will teach a Sunday School class when called upon to 
do so. Four of the boys have been called to the Christian 
ministry by the local congregation. It is hoped that some of 
boys may fill pulpits in churches within the district where 
there are no pastors. The boys have an annual Brotherhood 
picnic where the day is spent in swimming, soft ball, etc., 
with plenty of good eats. The picnic is climaxed with a twi- 
light service, which is made as spiritual as any service could 
be. At the last picnic, the pastor and his wife. Rev. and Mrs. 
S. M. Whetstone, were present for the picnic supper and 
twilight service. — Fred W. Brant, Adviser. 


Publication Day Offering 

January 28, 1945 

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Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 


1 John 2:24, 28 

The anticipation of the Second Coming of our Lord is an 
effective guard against antichrist. To receive this doctrine 
is to abide in Christ and to not be deceived by the plaus- 
ible pretenses of antichrist. Only by letting the good seed 
abide in the heart will we abide in the Son, and therefore 
with the Father. Let not the good seed be snatched away 
by the evil one through false teachers. John's favorite verb 
is "abide." In verse 24 it is translated "abide," "remain," and 

COMING OF THE SON OF GOD. Vs. 28. Read 1 John 3:2; 
Rev. 1:7; 22:20; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 1:6, 10; Col. .3:4; 1 Thess. 
1:19, 20; 3:13; 2 Thess. 1:10; 2:1; 2 Tim. 1:12; 4:8; 1 Pet. 
1:3; 5-4. The second coming is the believer's "blessed hope." 
It is the great event for which all should be ready (2 Pet. 
3:12-14). The Christian's greatest ambition is to be ready for 
that day. 

BE MANIFESTED. When He was on earth there was a veil 
over His true glory, through wliich only a few could see. 
When He comes the second time, He will be seen as He is, 
"in His glory." Matt. 25:1-46; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 1 Tim. 4:14, 
15; Heb. ?:28. 

RENDERED. There may we "have confidence and not be 
ashamed!" May we feel that we are in the presence of an 
intimate Friend and there is nothing between us. 2 Cor. 5: 
10; Rom. 14:10-12; Heb. 4:13; 13:17; Rom. 8:19; Col. 3:4; 
Luke 12:2; Matt. 12:36. 

ED." Vs. 28. Either have freedom before Him or dire dis- 
tress. Either comply to Mark 6:30 or to Rev. 1:7. Therefore 
labor, strive and pray that at your Saviour's appearing you 
may be ready to meet Him with holy joy, "looking for mer- 
cy," yet shrinking not back with shame. 

ABIDE IN HIM NOW. The fifteenth chapter of the Gospel 
of John is "The Abiding Chapter." In verse 10 our Lord said, 
IN MY LOVE." So the Brethren position on Trine Immer- 
sion, Feetwashing, etc., is not only a matter of filling to the 
full the symbolic teaching of the ordinances, but it is also 
abide in Christ without keeping the commandments of Jesus ? 
Now read John 15:7. Faith receives the Word Who lives in 
us. What of the faithlessness of an apostate soul who will 
some day liave to confront a deserted Lord? To follow Him 
all the way means for one thing to follow according to the 
13th chapter of John! 

WE ARE MOST TENDERLY URGED. Sinai thunders. Cal- 
vary pleads for our life-long obedience. Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 



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Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 


News From Our 


News from Mt. Olive, Va. 

Here it is almost Christmas and Rev. Studebaker's article 
in the most recent Evangelist reminds me that I have not 
reported on the Revival Meeting which he held .for us, and 
which closed November 5. 

Our committee was delighted when we received assurance 
from Brother Studebaker that he would come. We anticipated 
great things and we were not disappointed. For Brother 
Studebaker is a genial, cheerful, lovable soul, and as an 
evangelist he uses all his fine qualities and talents, combined 
with energy and zeal, to woo and win souls for Christ. He is 
a prodigious worker. His sermons are powerful and his tes- 
timony clear and to the point. Two weeks of his faithful min- 
istry could not but help us all, 

I never ceased to marvel at his rare ability to read the 
scriptures entirely from memory and to preach and sing like- 
wise. This unusual talent he uses with telling effect. 

Our fellowship was delightful and I looked forward to 
further association with him. The weather was all that could 
be desired and the attendance was good throughout the meet- 
ing. The Sunday night audiences filled the church. Six were 
baptized on the closing night of the services. Five of these 
were first time confessions. Again we want to thank Brother 
Studebaker for his excellent services and to assure him that 
his labors have refreshed us. 

Following the meeting I was in Ohio for a meeting at 
Dayton and some talks to the Seminary students at Ashland. 
During my abse,nce my congregations has as guest speaker. 
Dr. J. M. Henry, Professor of History of Bridgewater Col- 
lege. Dr. Henry was formerly the pastor of the Church of 
the Brethren in Washington, D. C, and for four years more 
recently, pastor of the First Church of the Brethren in Har- 
risonburg, Virginia. He is an able and consecrated man. 

Brother Fells Lam, Seminary student at Ashland, who 
graduated from the College, is now home for the holidays 
and we hope to use him in the services. The Mt. Olive Church 
is proud to have a graduate student in Our Theological Sem- 
inary from our midst. 

The Church and Sunday School vnll have its annual Christ- 
mas Program on Christmas night. Remembered in our hearts 
and prayers at this sacred season, as well as on all occasions 
of public worship, are the scores of young men that war 
has taken far from their homes and their church. 

We utter the prayer that peace may soon be the lot of 

all men and the sincere wish for all of you Brethren is that 
this may be a great and good year for you in the Kingdom of 
our Lord. 

News from Bethlehem 

The Bethlehem Congregation and community were sad- 
dened by two deaths within a few days of each other in 
the month of October. Marie Dowell, thirty-seven, daughter 
of the late George -and Jennie (Hall) Dowell, passed from 
this life to the one which is far better on October 24. She 
had been an invalid for many years, becoming quite helpless. 
Through all her years of trial she maintained a cheerful 
Christian spirit. The last rites were conducted from her 
church at Bethlehem and the body was interred in the fam- 
ily plot in the Dayton Cemetery. Of near kin she is survived 
only by her sister, Miss Nellie Dowell, her mother having 
died January 3, 1942. The services were conducted by her 
pastor, assisted by her neighbor and friend. Elder William 
Flory, of the Garber's Church of the Brethren. 

On Sunday, October 29, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, fifty- 
eight, of Pleasant Hill, wife of W. R. Wilkinson, was killed 
when the Greyliound bus collided with their car. Mrs. Wil- 
kinson and her daughter Evelyn (who also sustained serious 
injuries) were going with Mr. Wilkinson to see his aged step- 
mother who was ill. The accident took place in the early 
morning and Mrs. Wilkinson, whose skull was fractured, died 
instantly. Mr. Wilkinson suffered fractured ribs and bruises. 

The whole community was saddened by this tragedy. Mrs. 
Wilkinson had made many friends in this community since 
the family had moved here a few years ago. She was a most 
regular and faithful attendant at our Sunday School and 
Church services. Three of her children, John, Rupert and 
Evelyn had united with the Bethlehem Church by baptism. 
John and Rupert are both in Europe with the army, another 
son, Cecil, was wounded in Italy but is now returned to the 
States. A fourth son, Everett, with his family, are now at 

Mrs. Wilkinson had from childhood been a faithful Chris- 
tian. Her cheerful presence will be missed in church, as it is 
by her sorrowing family. 

The funeral was conducted by her pastor from the Bethle- 
lem Church and the body was laid to rest in the Bridge- 
water Cemetery. 

Joint Christmas Program 

The Bethlehem Church, in cooperation with our neighbor- 
ing church, the Garber's Church of the Brethren, will hold a 
joint Christmas Program in the Bethlehem Church on Christ- 
mas Eve. Although the most cordial relations exist along 
other lines, this, I believe, is the first time we have had our 
Christmas programs together. We have, however, during 
the present year, planned a Joint Sunday School picnic (which 
infantile paralysis prevented taking place) ; had a joint Va- 
cation Bible School, and shared in the congregation's fine 
Leadership Training Institute, held in the Dayton Church of 
the Brethren. This was a week-end school beginning on Fri- 
day night and closing Sunday night. 

Dr. Henry also served me as supply while I was away. 

The Dayton, Ohio, Meeting 

I found everything at Dayton very lovely. They have a 
wonderfully fine young pastor, a fine new church, and a fine 
opportuntiy to grow, and all these splendid assets they seem 
to be using. I was impressed with the excellent taste of the 
new building, one of the most worshipful houses of worship 
you will find anywhere. It seems to possess warmth, dig- 
nity, simplicity, to be able to lift one's thoughts and to 

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deepen reverence. Already more space is needed for Sunday 
School activities. 

My home was with the Grissos, whose kindly fellowship 
and genuine Christian friendliness will remain a precious 
bond between us to enjoy from time to time in the years to 
come. Under the leadership of such a pastor I am sure the 
church is not headed for lukewarm inaction. For I found 
him alert and sensitive, continually planning for more and 
better things for the Lord's people in this place. 

The people of the church excel in gracious Christian hos- 
pitality. No group of people could treat a visiting evangelist 
better than I was treated. All their generosity and hospitality 
I appreciated more than I can say. Their faithfulness to 
the services in these busy times was most encouraging. Best 
of all there were some who came forward when the invi- 
tation was given. I hope that in the months to follow there 
■T' will be many more who will do likewise. 

May the Lord continue to bless this church with the same 
zeal and determination, consecration and faith which brought 
them through difficult days. Again, to all of you my hearty 
thanks and love. 

John F. Locke. 

Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 

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(Empire, California) 

From the land of peaches, apricots, nectarines, almonds, 
olives, walnuts, withal where they grow almost anything 
grown in the Middle West and East, store it in lockers just 
as they do "out home" and where all kinds of berries flour- 
ish comes this "flash." In "Sunny California," (Central) 
where for the most of three weeks we saw little of the sun 
but much fog, which after all kept the farmers from doing 
pressing work and augumented our audiences, we labored 
vnth people most of whom we had never seen, but who im- 
mediately became efficient and enthusiastic supporters and 
"beloved brethren"; where crowds continued to the last, often 
filling the house to capacity or near; there we spent two 
very interesting and delightful weeks. 

It is not an old church save that its members, older in the 
-^^ faith, became transplanted from Eastern locations. They have 
^ been here for less than fifty years, building an "empire," 
changing it from a grazing to a farming area, and later. 
to the most dense peach country it has been my pleasure ever 
to see. Not acres and acres, but miles and miles of them. 
Great palms and other western trees are there for ornamen- 
tation and these great orchards with them would soon vanish 
but for the precious water from the mountains, brought near 
them by the vitalizing San Joaquin which runs through the 
valley and, by irrigation, waters it. 

Here thirty years ago came more than a dozen people from 
my home country ("Billtown" and New Stark, Ohio) several 
of whom had been under my tutelage as a teacher or super- 
intendent, one, a distant cousin. With them and former near 
neighbors of Mrs. Bame in Indiana, and others whom we 
had known and who had known' me better than L had them, 
it was easy soon to find that common bond of love, friend- 
ship and fellowship which made our meeting a blessing and 
an inspiration. It is a Church of the Brethren, but who could 
have told it save for the name on the Bulletin Board ? Surely 
not by any mark of difference in forms, gospel or ritual. My 

sermons differed not a whit either in the content or the re- 
ception from any Progressive Brethren group I have served 
for years. 

Brother G. 0. Stutsman is the beloved pastor and Harvey 
Snell, the associate. Neither of them withheld their fullest 
encouragement and cooperation. My home with Brother Snell 
was top-notch and I have been among the Brethren too long 
to be bashful among any of them. They asked me to be at 
home and I acted it out as fully as I could and they endured 
it or enjoyed it, or, at least, seemed to do so. 

The pastor repeatedly and eagerly admonished his people 
to "fall in line" with my advice and this they did the best 
they knew, which was good enough. Spraying time does not 
wait and so, the nicest days were their busiest and gave us 
our smallest responses. Brother Piatt, from thirty miles dis- 
tant stretched his gas to bring a delegation and the McCart- 
neysmiths came also. Our efforts at cooperation did not 
bring as good response here as one might wish, and strangely 
( ? ) the fault of the Progressives — our group. It is a field 
where much could be saved and members enriched if old 
prejudices were not so well nursed. In deepening that par- 
ticular phase of our relationships, our meetings registered 
our greatest disappointment, with myself and others. 

The gains for the church number more than twenty-five 
baptisms and letters. In their glass-sided baptistry, elevated 
to a full view of the entire auditorium, we beheld one of the 
most beautiful baptisms of ten young people it has been 
ours to see. More await the rite. 

Tomorrow (December 17th) we are listed to preach in the 
elegant and wonderful church and pulpit of Dr. D. W. Kurtz 
at La Verne. He is now an invalid in Florida. Here worship 
the students and faculty of the College and it is the largest 
Dunker church of the "Coast." This "flash" is being pecked 
out on the typewriter of their new pastor, Galen B. Ogden, a 
brother to an Ogden more or less familiar among our group 
of Brethren. Parsonage and Church Building are among the 
most elaborate I have seen among us. 

Christmas evening I start back to Chicago and environs. 
I shall be ready to respond to calls for service among our 
churches for weeks, weekends and supply. I am more and 
more assured that we must keep busy strengthening the 
Brethren in the faith. Soon (we hope) our boys, 
will be returning home with new and broadened ideas of 
religion. But we have more than religion; ours is Chris- 
tianity; and unless we cling to the foundations of our faith, 
and have good defenders of it among the ranks of our mem- 
bers, no one can forecast the results. 

Christians who in the tenseness of their war experiences 
have been ministered to by Rabbis and Priests and have found 
God under such ministry, \vill not enthuse over a vascillat- 
ing, mollycoddle preacher, deacon, teacher or church. We 
must be strong in the Lord and be able to tell of home vic- 
tories as well as they, in our battles. Convinced that the 
Lord will not fail his faithful witnesses nor withhold the in- 
crease He desires, we need only to be faithful to our mis- 
sion in order to increase our numbers and deepen our spir- 
itual experiences. To such a worthy end, let us work, watch 
and pray. 

Charles A. Bame, 
4050 Central Avenue, Western Springs, Illinois. 


In connection with the Thanksgiving services in the Lath- 
rop Brethren church, a Rededication Service and a Thanks- 
giving Home Coming Concert was made a part of the Sunday 



services on November 26th. The following order of service 
was enjoyed during the Rededicatory service: 

Prelude Almina Wolfe 

Processional Choir 

Hymn Congregation 

Invocation The Minister 

Scriptur(^Psalm 95:1-7 Elder R. W. Palmer 

Solo, "The Little White Church" Roger Stuart 

Historical Data of the Church Elder J. W. Piatt 

Hymn-Anthem — "Come, Ye Thankful People, 

Come" Youth Choir 

The Re-dedication lElder L. 0. McCartneysmith 

The Doxology The Congregation 

Prayer of re-dedication Elder R. W. Palmer 

The Home Coming Concert was rendered by the Youth 
Choir, assisted by Mrs. Robert Allen, Soprano and Mr. 
George Reynolds, Tenor. 

Dr. McCartneysmith reports a splendid time. 

Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 


Our evangelistic meetings in Bryan began on November 
26, under the direction of Rev. J. G. Dodds of Smithville, 
Oliio, as evangelist, and they closed on December 10. Our ex- 
periences were no different than others in these trying times. 
We began under a handicap and labored on through the meet- 
ings, in the Name of the Lord, and while we met opposition, 
the Lord blessed us in spite of it. We had an epidemic of 
whooping cough which kept the children and many of their 
parents at home, and several accidents that kept many away 
from the services. The factories were demanding that their 
employees work at night, and so it went all through the 

This was the first time I had ever heard Brother Dodds 
do very much preaching and he proved himself a good 
preacher. He brought us some very good messages, and was 
well received. Like everything else we had difficulty in se- 
curing a singer and were compelled to go outside of our 
own church. We tried everywhere to secure a Brethren singer 
and failed. We were, however, very fortunate in securing 
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Montague, who are outstanding evange- 
listic singers in the United Brethren denomination. They are 
sound and capable musicians and a mighty fine couple to 
work with. They came highly recommended and proved them- 
selves worthy of their recommendations. They are outstand- 
ing in young people's work. They took charge of the chil- 
dren's work, while Brother Dodds and the pastor did the vis- 

There was good interest from the start, considering every- 
thing. To date we have baptized and received into the church 
six young people. One young man was baptized on the first 
Sunday evening of the meetings and left on Monday for 
the army. There is one waiting to be baptized and two young 
men gave themselves for definite service in Christian work. 

Only eternity will reveal the amount of good done through 
these meetings. We give all Glory and Honor to our Lord 
and Saviour for His love and grace in saving souls. 

When you understand that throughout the year from time 
to time we have baptismal services and that prospects have 
been well gleaned, then you will understand why there was 
not more through the meetings. 

C. A. Stewart. 

Umli tn U^jst 

MILLER. Cecelia Emily Miller, wife of J. W. Miller, Dav- 
enport, Nebraska, departed this life on September 30, 1944, 
at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 22 days. 

She was the daughter of Isaac and Caroline Nedrow and 
was born April 8, 1863 at Preston, Minnesota. At the age of 
eleven years she moved with her parents to Waterloo, Iowa, 
where she grew to womanhood. 

She was married to J. W. Miller of Waterloo, on Septem- 
ber 28, 1882 and the following spring they moved to Kimble, 
South Dakota, where they homesteaded until the fall of 1891, 
when they with their family, came to Thayer County Nebras- 

She grew up in the Brethren faith and united at an early 
age to the church. Since coming to the Carleton Church she 
has been very active in the church affairs and will be sadly 
missed by all who knew her. She manifested the Spirit of 
Christ to all and especially to those in need. 

She was the loving and devoted mother of six children, 
two of whom preceded her in death. 

Funeral services were conducted in the Carleton Brethren 
Church by the writer, assisted by Rev. Henry Dumler, pastor 
of Christ's Lutheran Church at Davenport. Interment was 
in the Davenport Cemetery. Wilbur L. Thomas. 

CRISSMAN. Mrs. Rosy Ellen Crissman, wife of George 
Crissman who preceded her in death January 9, 1933, bom 
January 23, 1867, died November 19, 1944, at the age of 77 
years, 9 months, and 26 days. She was an active member of 
the Brush Valley Brethren Church of Adrain Pennsylvania., 
R. D. 1, until the past year when she has been confined to 
her home because of failing health. 

She was the daughter of George Bowser and Eliza Clay- 
poole Bowser. She is survived by the following sons: Parks 
Crissman and Henry Crissman; daughters, Laura McAffose 
and Liza Hooks; brothers, Wilson Bowser, Cover Bowser, 
Richard Bowser and Orin Bowser; sisters, Malissa Zellifrow, 
Lizzie Bouch, and Maud Bowser. She is also survived by 9 
grandsons, 11 granddaughters and 14 great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted from the church by the 
Pastor Nov. 21, 1944. Percy C. Miller. 

WILLIAMS. "Aunt Sarah" {as she was known) Williams 
was born October 20, 1873, and departed this life December 
4, 1944, aged 71 years, 1 month and 14 days. She was born 
in Iowa, near Udell, and passed to her reward at Centerville, 
Iowa, hospital. 

She reared her family near McLouth, Kansas. There her 
husband, Amzi Williams, passed on a number of years ago. 

She was a member of the McLouth Brethren Church. For 
over three years she had lived in Udell, and was a good 
worker in the church here as long as her health permitted. 

She has two sons in the ministry, Robert, in Africa, and 
Russell of New Troy, Michigan. One son, of West Virginia, 
was not able to be at the funeral. Gladys, of Washington, 
D. C. and Russell, attended. 

The body was taken to McLouth, Kansas for burial. The 
service at Udell was in charge of the writer, assisted by 
Rev. Dick Ogren of the Church of the Brethren. 

W. R. Deeter. 


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Most Gratifying Offering ever given for a 
Publication Day Offering. 

Read what some of our churchmen have 
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THE EDITOR IS GLAD to relinquish his column on page 
3 to the "Interesting Items" column, since there is so much 
in this Publication Day Number that deals with the need of 
support of the Publishing House, that space is at a premium. 
Therefore we desire to give you all these "Bulletin Gleanings" 
which, we are sure will be of vital interest to all of you. 
You will find them continued on page 3 in the usual "The 
Editor Thinks Aloud" column. 

In passing the editor wishes to call attentio,n to the fact 
that many inquiries have been received concerning the 
"error" in the "Tree of Knowledge" item published in the 
December 9th issue of The Evangelist. The statement that 
"the entire alphabet is found in the 21st verse of the 7th 
chapter of Ezra" is in error, since it does not contain the 
letter "J." Since this was an exchange clipping, the editor 
did not take the trouble to check this item as it went to 
press, only to read the proof. It should have, no doubt, con- 
tained the phrase, "Except the letter "J." Anyway, we are 
glad that so many spoke about it, since it is a fine commen- 
tary on the fact that The Evangelist, is being read. Thanks, 
all of you, for calling this to our attention. 

FIVE NEW MEMBERS were received into the Milledge- 

Tlie Ylational Sunday School 

Rev. E. L. Miller 

Many names have been given to this adjunct of the Chris- 
tian church. Sunday school is the old timer. More recently 
we have such names as Bible School, Church School, The 
Church Studying the Bible, etc. It has been called the chief 
auxiliary of the church and the vestibule of the church. Suf- 
fice it to say that all these names are applicable and that 
without the Sunday School the church would limp worse 
than it is at present. It is well known that the greater part 
of the members of the church have come by way of the 
Sunday school and that the ministry of the church has also 
been largely recruited from the Sunday school. It surely is 
the stepping stone to church work and activity. 

There are those who see no need for this institution. Not 
far from where the writer lives there are a few very small 
church groups which belong to one of the smallest of all 
the church denominations. These folks do not have Sunday 
Schools because they say it is not mentioned in the Bible 
Neither is the Ohio legislature mentioned in the Bible and 
many another good and useful thing has no mention, yet we 
have them and they function for our good. Only recently 
an elder in a near by church opposed his group having a 
pageant presented by their Sunday School and all because 
it is not mentioned in the Bible. 'Tis to laugh.,. The Bible is 
full of pageantry. But that same elder was having an argu- 
ment with some young men in a garage one day when the 
writer straggled in. The young fellows put the proposition 
up to the writer and asked what he thought about it. When 
told that they felt the elder should have a hat on on a nasty 
rainy day since he was driving a truck the writer agreed 
that it would be the proper caper, he having a hat on him- 
self. This elder drew himselp up to full height, gave us a. 
withering glance and said, "If the Lord wanted me to wear 
■ a hat He would have made me one." Rather disgusted the 
writer gave the retort courteous by saying, "Well, brother, 
how about your pants?" He became confused and left hur- 
riedly, and as far as we could see him he was still clinging 
to his britches. Funny ? No, just dumb, that is dumm, dumm- 
heit. Too bad. But that is how narrow some folks are about 
the best things. 

It is too bad that the church fathers didn't think of the 
Sunday School idea long before the early part of the eight- 
eenth century when our Tunker Brethren published the first 
Bible teaching helps. Robert Raikes gets the credit for orig- 
inating the Sunday School idea, but he merely helped organ- 
ize it and give it impetus. It is much like Martin Luther 
getting the credit for the Protestant Reformation when men 
like Tyndale Wycliffe and many others did the real spade 
work and suffered much for so doing. But regardless of 
the who in the matter, we have the Sunday School and how 
it does help put across the work of the church! 

Surely an institution that has more than twenty million ad- 
herents is not to be sneezed at. To have that many folks 
together regularly thinking about the same thing is to in- 
fluence them and the world of which they are part for good 
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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 


"Lead on, O King Eternal" 

We sing it with enthusiasm. But if we really mean it, — 
if we sincerely desire the Lord to lead us onward, we must 
be ready to follow with zeal and sacrifice. There are many 
who have proven their sincerity of their desire for progress 
in the Publishing interests of our church, and are ready to 
give what it takes to make further advancement possible. We 
truly believe this, and it is with that confidence that we face 
the approaching Publication Day offering. God is moving 
upon the hearts of his people, causing them to realize that 
the establishing and equipping of an efficient plant for the 
printing and distribution of the Gospel Message is in very 
truth a work of the Lord. We have undertaken this task in 
that belief, and we are encouraged to find that so many 
others are sharing that same conviction. In the Lord's work 
we must go forward continually. Following each achievement 
we must set our eyes on another goal. God has blessed us 
with a measure of success, but each step must lead to an- 

This Offering Should Exceed 
last year's offering in every church of the brotherhood. If 
every member of every church will increase his offering over 
that previously given, we will go far over the top.. And therp 
are many things that call for that sort of giving on the part 
of Brethren people. These are critical times that call for the 
greatest service the church can possibly render, and no time 
to tolerate unnecessary handicaps in equipment, or to be 
held down by burdensome debts. Give as unto the Lord and 
the Lord will lead you onward in giving. • ■ 

We Wish to- Thank Someone 

for a package of rags that was recently received. It was 
opened and the rags put in the proper place and when the 
Business Manager inquired as to the sender there was no 
sign of identification to be found. We are sorry not to be 
able to mention the name of the donor, but we hope the party 
will read this notice and be assured that we are truly grate- 
f No Higley's Left, but Arnold's 

The Higley's S. S. Commentaries are completely sold out, 
but there are some Arnold's books .to be had at $1.00 each; 
Peloubet's at $2.00 and Tarbell's at $2.25. If you want such 
a Sunday school lesson help, order at once before these also 
are sold out. 

Do You Know What 
the Christian Worker's Testament is? We have several on 
hand, — a beauty at $2.00, and a finer quality leather bound 
at $4.00. Size 4% by 5%, divinity circuit. Also a supply of 
Bibles, various sizes and prices. 

Mimeograph Sheets Telling 

the story of the Publication Day offering have been or are 
being sent to every church using a mimeograph. Those not 
using such a machine are being sent completely printed fold- 
ers. Also coin envelopes. If any one needs extras, wi-ite .for 
them at once. We ask all pastors to kindly cooperate in the 
effort to take the message down to the last member in the 


(Continued from page 2) 

ville, Illinois, Brethren Church on Sunday, December 17. 
Brother St. Clair Benshoff is the pastor. 

theme entering around Sallman's painting of Christ, is re- 
ported by Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman, pastor of the Third 
Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

OUR LIST OF BULLETINS shows many Watch Night 
Services observed, among them being Nappanee, Indiana; 
South Bend, Indiana; Ashland, Ohio, and Masontown, Penn- 
sylvania. In each service reported the emphasis was laid, as 
it should be, on the great need of entering into the new year 
with a splendid spirit of devotion. We can report for Ashland 
that indeed this spirit was manifest throughout the evening. 

CHURCH will begin a two-weeks revival meeting on January 
15, closing January 28, with Brother W. C. Benshoff, of Lan- 
ark, Illinois, as the evangelist. Brother Ankrum, pastor of 
the church, issues the usual invitation to neighboring 

WE NOTE FROM TIME TO TIME the fine advances in the 
Linwood, Maryland, Brethren Church, under the leadership 
of Brother Elmer Keck. Advances are being made in all de- 

Brother C. A. Stewart, pastor of our Bryan, Ohio, Church, 
was elected president of the Bryan Service Club, a city civic 
organization, at a party held at Christmas time. Congratu- 
lations, Brother Stewart. 

We also note from the Bryan Bulletin that the time-hon- 
ored New Years Business Meeting of the church was held 
again this year with the usual carry-in dinner at the noon 
hour. The meeting was then held at 1:30 o'clock. This makes 
for a fine attendance and a splendid fellowship. 

WE ARE INFORMED that the Ohio District Conference 
is scheduled for Gratis, Ohio, this year. Since this confer- 
ence is held in June, we are trusting that the recent ban 
that has been placed on all meetings and conferences which 
are over fifty in attendance, will have cleared by that time. 
Brother E. J. Beekley, Moderator of the Conference, makes 
this announement. 

We note that Brother Beekley, in his Bulletin of Decem- 
ber 24, gives a list of "high lights" in the West Alexandria 
Church for the year 1944. Very interesting, Brother Beekley. 
Several have been added to the church lately. 

BROTHER SMITH ROSE, pastor of the Roann, Indiana, 
Church, announces a Revival as now in progress in that 
church, January 8 to 21, with Brother C. A. Stewart as 

Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 



what Some of Our Ghurchmen Say 

We Need Brethren Publkatioris 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman 
Moderator of the General Conference 

We need Brethren publications to keep us from disinte- 
grating. We need them to help us make our Brethren day 
better than Brethren yesterdays, and Brethren tomorrows 
better than this Brethren day. Let us not be deceived by 
those who belittle denominationalism. Neither let us be small 
because our number is not large. Our publications can help 
us keep this proper balance. The success stories of other de- 
nominations makes interesting as well as profitable reading. 
They inform us of the great part their publications have in 
their success. 

We need Brethren publications to help our churches, and 
our church members, in their competition with the world 
and things purely secular. People are asking, Why so many 
lose interest ? We know it is because they lose out in the 
battle of appeals. One brother says, the church has too many 
meetings; but for him it was that the secular interests had 
too many meetings. And what is true of meetings is also 
true of reading matter. What shall we do ? Shall we cut 
down meetings ? Shall the church cut down her reading mat- 
ter? No! Let us recognize we are living in a world that is 
competing with the church, and make our publications ever 
so much more interesting and attractive. Our people are be- 
ing consumed with all kinds of appeal to secular interests: 
things, many of them not bad in themselves, and many of 
them actually benevolent in nature. Nevertheless they drain 
the lives of our people \\'ho make them their exclusive choice 
to the neglect of the Lord and His church. This battle between 
the spiritual and the secular is very strong today. Our pub- 
lications are good tools, or armament in this battle. 

We need Brethren publications to give us a picture of the 
whole denomination, and the whole church of our Lord. We 
do need that. For instance, take our name. In cities, many 
of our congregations patterned after other groups and called 
their local church the "First"; "The First Brethren Church." 
Today in use, even some of our church leaders never know 
they are out of their local congregation when they talk 
about their church as a whole and speak of their denomina- 
tion as "The First," Brethren Church instead of The Brethren 
Church. This is only one instance of interpreting the whole 
denomination in terms of only one part. Let us get the 
whole picture. Our publications will help us do this inter- 
preting of the church in a much better and larger way. 

We need Brethren publications to help us keep interested 
in each other, and what we are doing, and why we are doing 
it. By their means we come to a knowledge of the churches 
we could get in no other way. We learn too to share with 
each other by these same means. Congregations come to know 
the pastors of the churches and thus are aided in their selec- 
tion of a pastor when that becomes necessary. Pastors also 
come to know congregations by this means and have some 
knowledge as to their personal fitness to sei-ve any par- 
ticular congregation. 

Our Publishing Company is prepared to serve us with our 

church organ, the Brethren Evangelist, with Sunday School 
literature, with tracts, with commission goods, as well as with 
job work printing. We have it. Let us use it and appreciate 
it. Now let us support it with our gifts. For we do need 
these publications. 

Hagerstown, Md. 

Giving Our Publishing House ^ 
the Priority 

Rev. C. A. Stev^/art 
Member of the Publication Board 

Perhaps there is no interest of our denomination that 
demands our attention at this time more than our Publish- 
ing interests. There are far too few of our constituency that 
realize the value of our Publishing interests to our church 
and therefore show little interest in it, and yet from the 
Publishing House goes the literature that carries the mes- 
sage of the Brethren church and her doctrines throughout 
the brotherhood. It is worthy and needs the support of every 
member of the Brethren Church. 

The Publishing Company is the servant of the church but 
can serve only as we let her serve. It perhaps is not all that 
we would like for it to be, or that it can be, but it is all 
that it can be unless we give it an opportunity to render a 
greater service. It would be a valuable experience for the 
brotherhood if more time could be spent with the Publishing 
House and see the tremendous amount of work being done 
under some handicaps. It is true that we have a new home 
and we are proud of it, but that does not mean that it is 
free from debt, and that there is no upkeep to the building 
and equipment. 

We must not lose sight of the fact that we have the same 
equipment we have had for years with the exception of 
the new press which was purchased last year. There are 4 
lot of things that are needed to equip the publishing house 
and put it in shape to compete with others in job work. An- 
other thing that MUST be done and that is the installing of 
an elevator large enough to carry bales of paper weighing 
as much as six hundred pounds. This must all be stored in 
the basement and then carried up stairs by hand. We have 
a large basement that can be used for many things if we 
had an elevator. As it is much valuable room is going to 

The church should get behind the publishing interests with 
their dollars and put it on a financial footing where it can 
stand by itself. Brethren people are not the poorest people. 
They have about everything they need and it would do them 
good to visit other Publishing Houses and then go into their 
own. I think it would stimulate a pride in us that would 
cause us to go down into our pockets and give to this 
most worthy cause. 

In these days when money is plenty is the time to meet 
the needs of our Publishing Interests. How many of us 

JANUARY 13, 1945 


Mhout Tlie Vuhlication ^ay Offering 

think anything about spending a dollar or two for some- 
thing we want whether we need it or not? Here is a real 
need. We certainly do have a civic pride and spend money 
for our community to make it a nice place in which to live. 
Other denominations take pride in their institutions and give 
that they might be the best. I have faith to believe that the 
Brethren people will take as much pride in their institutions 
as others do and as wS do in our civic affairs. 
"B There are some Brethren people that have money and 
" plenty of it.-. Where could they spent it with more profit 
than in our Publishing interests ? Some others do not have 
so much money but all of us have a few dollars that we 
could give to support this important institution of our church. 
Come let us go over the top with the largest offering in our 

Bryan, Ohio. 

A Brethren Press 

Dr. R. F. Porte 
Member of the Publication Board 

The Brethren Publishing Company is deeply grateful to 
the churches of our brotherhood and many individuals not 
only for past publication day offerings but for the addi- 
tional gifts which made possible the purchase of a new 
automatic press and funds to complete the apartments in 
the bmlding. It is our sincere desire that the people of our 
brotherhood recognize that the publishing plant is synony- 
mous with the church itself. I mean, we exist as a unit with 
the coordinating institutions like the publishing institution, 
the educational, the benevolent. Each has its particular part 
in the institution of the church and no one of these institu- 
tions can exist alone. 

We are soon to ask the church for an offering for the 
increasing of the capital stock of the publishing interests, 
yamebody might say, "What? does the publishing interests 
of the church need more money?" Yes, a reasonable and 
fair gift to the publishing company in these days of war- 
time earning power will make the company safe in more 
lean years. A substantial gift this January, 1945 will make 
secure what you have already given and invested in this vital 
church institution. If there is any doubt in your mind about 
the justice of this call for an offering, visit any church pub- 
lishing plant or the print shop in your town and then visit 
our publishing plant and see what our people there have to 
work with. When we can truthfully say that we have ade- 
quately equipped our publishing plant with necessary machin- 
ery then we may rightly ask for anything offered by a good 
publishing plant and we as a church will get just that kind 
of service. 

The Brethren Church will be twice defeated in her publish- 
ing program if she fails to attain the goal. The church wins 
twice if she makes the publishing plant financially secure. 
May I here conunend our business manager by saying that 
he has tested every suggestion received from interested per- 

sons for the good of the publishing plant. Furthermore, the 
business manager has instituted helpful commission services. 
Order anything you need produced by the printing craft from 
our publishing house and support it just as faithfully as 
you support your home church. The forward progress of the 
church rests upon the amount of support the people give to 
the program outlined by the leaders of the church. The 
church has appointed leaders in the various important posi- 
tions in the organization let us supply these leaders with a 
reasonable amount of equipment to encourage these leaders 
to plan new endeavors. A generous publishing day offering A\all 
mean a more valuable publishing plant, and one more ade- 
quately suited to the needs of the Brethren Church. 

Warsaw, Ind. 

The Power of the Printed Page 

Rev. Claud Studebaker 
President of the Missionary Board 

The Brethren Publishing House and the continual increase 
of its power in publishing our whole gospel message, should 
be the concern of every member of the Brethren church. 

Our Task 

There is one great compelling task placed squarely before 
every believer in Jesus Christ who has become a member 
of his church, namely: "To give the gospel to every creature 
in all the world. Every means at our disposal should be used 
as effectively as possible in this task. 

The Printed Page 

No medium is more eff^ective in gi\'ing our message to the 
world than the printed page. This page should be made at- 
tractive that it may appeal to the eye, as well as having the 
most forceful and readable message that it is possible to pro- 
duce. There should be an ever increasing volume and continu- 
ally extending the outreach, as well as intensifying the cover- 
age, by the printing of our message and sending it to all the 
world. This can only be accomplished by a PUBLISHING 
HOUSE, adequately supported, wisely managed, ably edited, 
to the fullest extent of our resources in money, skill and wis- 

Room for Improvement 

I heard the Gypsy Smith, Sr., say, "The biggest room I ever 
saw was the room for improvement." Folks frequently ask me, 
"How is your work going?" I usually say, "There is plenty of 
room for improvement where I am." This is no wisecrack or 
evasive answer, this is a naked truth. This is true in every 
department of our denominational life. We have been extreme- 
ly poor publicists. We may make many excuses for it, which 
have no value. Historically we evaded the cities and currents 
of intense activity and progi'ess, and established our churches 
in rural sections and hedged our people about, with a per- 
fectly noble purpose, i. e., to avoid becoming like the world 
and being defiled with her sin. However, the gospel is for 



the whole world and not for a select few. The teeming mil- 
lions in all the world and the milling throngs about us, "As 
sheep having no shepherd," need to be bombarded with the 
dynamic gospel of Jesus Christ. If the Brethren church has 
not enough brains, and brawn, spirit and genuine conviction 
to continually increase the power and efficiency of the great 
task intrusted to us, we are unworthy of our great heritage. 

A challenge to every Member and especially every Leader: 

There is a definite responsibility on every member of our 
churches and especially every leader, to make possible a 
greater Publishing House. The influence should be carried 
to our homes arid to an increasing number of new homes, 
for which we have a very definite responsibility. God sent 
His Son to SEEK and to SAVE. We can no more build more 
churches and increase their power, numerically and spirti- 
ually, without wise and diligent work in preaching, teaching, 
publishing, visiting, ministering to the festering needs of a 
sinful world, than you can build any successful business with- 
out persistent labor. We need preachers who will give their 
full energy, time and talent to the great work of Christ and 
the church. We need laymen whose business it is to first of 
all serve Christ and make him known. One of the most fruit- 
ful vehicles of conveying this gospel of love and life is the 
printed page. Let's make it a much greater power in the 
Brethren church through our PUBLISHING HOUSE. 

— South Bend, Indiana. 

The Power of the Printed Word 

■ Rev. John Funk Locke 

There seems to be more than a slight tendency among 
us Brethren to underrate the value and power of the printed 
word. We are at times disposed to treat our Publication 
efforts as being secondary in importance to many other 
things in our denominational life. We recognize the neces- 
sity and power of Education. We know the obligation rests 
upon us to "Herald the Gospel" to the uttermost parts of 
the earth. We are sensible when we provide for the Chris- 
tian nurture of the young. Yet we do not always seem to 
see clearly that our Publishing House has a vital part to 
play in all of this. It makes its contribution to Our College 
and Seminary. It furthers our Missionary efforts and stimu- 
lates missionary zeal. It has helped mightily in the pro- 
motion of the Sunday School and Young People's Camp pro- 

When Thomas Carlyle wrote in Sartor Rosartus in 1836, 
"He who first shortened the labor of copyists by the device 
of movable types was disbanding hired armies, and cashier- 
ing most kings and senates, and creating a whole new dem- 
ocratic world: he had invented the art of printing" ... He 
was pointing to the power of the printed word. Certainly the 
church should use this powerful means of advancing the prin- 
ciples and causes which are Christian. Any churches gener- 
ally speaking, do. I have never heard of a denomination in 
America great or small that tries to carry on without it. 
For publications are essential to the work of the church. We 
weaken all departments of our Denominational life if we 
allow ourselves to be weak here. We should be publishing 
more, not less. We ought to be printing more attractive ma- 
terial. Why let the Devil have all the pictures and color for 
his liquor and cigarettes? But Brethren Vanator and Baer 
are human. They can do only so much with so little. With 
our help they can achieve more for us. 

Now we can all do something. Every individual can send 
in an offering for Publication Day. With sufficient help from 
all Brethren everywhere we can set about doing some or all 
of the following things: 

1. Get out of debt and thereby increase our income by 
eliminating interest outlays. This past year you have helped 
wonderfully in this direction. Now is the time to pay off 
debts. It will never be easier than in 1945. 

2. Print more tracts, a Sunday School paper, 'more sup- 

3. Make the Brethren Evangelist still more attractive as 
our weekly denominational caller in Brethren homes all over 
the nation. 

4. Establish a good Book store and ecclesiastical supply 
business which would render a service and yield a profit, ^p 

Now any of these ventures takes money. It takes money 
to make money. I knew an intelligent man who through a 
series of reverses caused by crop failures and bad manage- 
ment arrived in the county alms house. He would have re- 
mained there with his family if someone hadn't financed 
him in a new farming venture. The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany is not asking alms (Don't let my illustration backfire) 
it is rendering a valuable service. Because it is, why not give 
it the necessary help which will place it in a position where , 
it will do more and still more ? If we keep the Brethren Pub- 
lication interests poor by inadequate support, we will be im- 
poverishing our whole denominational life and effort. 

The Brethren Evangelist ought to be going into every 
home in the Brethren church. That costs three cents a week. 
That is not much, but it would help out mightily. It would 
do something for each local church and the whole church if 
our people were reading the Church paper. It would help 
the Publishing House to have several thousand dollars addi- 
tional income. I have said that we can all do somethin,g. We 
can make an offering this month for Brethren Publications 
^Vhich will make 1945 start right and go right for the church. 
Now is the time to come to the aid of your church by help- 
ing its furtherance of the printed word. Let's give while we 
have it -to give! Let's surprise the Brethren at the Publish- 
ing House and ourselves by giving the best offering in our 
history in 1945. 

Maurertown, Va. 

Why the Publicatior) lr]terests Desero^ 
the Support of Eoery Church 

Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 

One of the highest achievements of nature is the principle 
of symmetry and balance. Whether it concerns the shape of 
a tree or the character of the Seasons this principle is always 
in evidence. Whatever is useful shall have a chance to ex- 
press itself. There is no danger that any useful thing shall 
sacrifice itself for anything else that is also good. The test 
is essentially that of utility. The little branches are not 
denied the sap necessary to their survival if only they are 

Organizations and Institutions may well profit from this 
example in nature. A Denomination, for instance, has many 
interests and many diversities of function. The function in 
it is most successful when every agency in it renders its 
own proper service and receives from it in turn its corre- 
sponding care and support. 

JANUARY 13, 1945 


The Brethren Church has many agencies. Personally I 
think that they are all useful and therefore all deserve their 
rightful support from the group who constitute it. Our Pub- 
lishing Interests are on a par with any of the other interests 
of the Brotherhood and therefore are worthy of support on 
a par with that of the other Interests. That has not always 
been true. Consequently not only the Publishing Interests 
have suffered but possibly the whole Denomination. 

Other Groups have learned long before now that their pub- 
lishing i. e. (publicity) interests are indispensable for sur- 
vival. Brethren literature is as essential as a Brethren Col- 
lege if our Church is to live and prosper. Every group whose 
membership is scattered must have a medium through which 
to hold together the interests and the ideals of the group. 
I am a member of the Kiwanis Club. In fact, I served two 
A terms as an International Trustee of that group. But I can- 
not imagine the survival of the Kiwanis International with- 
out the Kiwanis Magazine. So important is the magazine 
considered to be that every one of the 140,000 members of 
Kiwanis International in the U. S. and Canada gets his 
magazine from the dues he pays. 

In the same way the Brethren Church must have a medium 
through which the basic principles and interests of the church 
can be cleared. This we can do through the Brethren Evan- 
gelist. But what if only a small number of the members of 
the Brotherhood receive the Evangelist? In the first place 
the paper cannot be as high in quality as it would be if 
every member of the Brethren Church were a subscriber. 
This creates a vicious cycle. Because other religious journals 
which are better patronized may be larger and thus have 
more materials, many Brethren are tempted to read these 
rather than Brethren literature. But under such conditions 
how are we to promulgate Brethrenism and how are our 
.people to know all the needs of the church? 

The question seems quite clear to me. Either we must 
have a subscriptoin from every member of all of our churches 
or we must subsidize our Publishing Interests with regular 
contributions. This we have been doing for many years, but 
perhaps never adequately. 

I am proud of the fact that the North Manchester Church 
was one of the first to provide the Evangelist for every fam- 
ily through the church budget. This has caused our people 
to be better informed with reference to all of the needs of 
the Brethren denomination and it has thus made it easier to 
raise the budget of the local church through which the needs 
of all the other Interests of the Brotherhood are met. 
y The immediate need is to support the Publishing House 
with generous gifts. The more important long view solution 
is to get every family in every Brethren Church a su|)scriber 
and a faithful reader of all Brethren literature. Let the whole 
Denomination rise to this important challenge. I dare those 
churches whose members are not now receiving the Evange- 
list to venture the experiment and see for themselves what 
a diffrence it will make to have every Brethren family in- 
formed on what we are trying to do and what our needs 
are. A one hundred percent reading of the Evangelist would 
help every other agency of the church: Missions, the College 
and Seminary, Benevolences, Camps, Sunday School, etc. 
1945 will be a good year to launch out on this high venture. 
. — North Manchester, Indiana. 

diately the answer comes ringing back with all clarity, YES. 
By all means we need a church paper. There are many rea- 
sons I could give for this, but I want to mention just one 
that came to me in such force a few days ago. A young man 
had no interest in the church. A relative of his was away 
on a visit and arrangements were made whereby her mail 
was delivered to his home. In this mail was a copy of the 
Evangelist and he began to read and out of his reading be- 
came greatly interested in the work of our Lord. What the 
pastor could not do the Evangelist accomplished. We in the 
church at Cerro Gordo recognize the value of the Evangelist 
and are taking steps to use it in the Sunday School in place 
of the other -Sunday School papers. 

We not only need the Evangelist but we need it self support- 
ing. It is true that we are only a small denomination, as 
numbers go, and it is hard to show a profit in the publication 
department, yet if all indebtedness were erased and proper 
business management applied, there is no reason why it 
cannot. This is not a criticism in any way upon the present 
management, for I realize the handicaps under which they 
are working. As a church, we probably have more money 
now, than at any other time in our history. Here is our op- 
portunity. Let us ,dig down, or as one member of one of my 
churches one time said: 

"Let us quit scratching around among the loose change 
and dig down where the real money is." Let us get together 
and pay off the indebtedness. Let us put the plant on its 
feet and watch it go. We would do it if it was our individual 
business. Well, it is ours collectively, so let us treat it as 
such. God is using the Evangelist and what a blessing will 
be ours, if through it we preach the gospel to those who 
otherwise cannot or will not hear. 

Cerro Gordo, 111. 


Here's Hoio Rev. C. Y. G 

The Need Rev. C. E. Johnson 

Does the Brethren Church need a church paper? Imme- 

How does a Methodist find out what is happening in the 
Methodist Church? He subscribes for and reads The Chrisr 
tian Advocate, the official organ of the Methodist Church. 

How does a member of the Brethren Church keep track 
of what is going on in his denomination ? By reading the 
Brethren Evangelist. Do you know of one farmer who does 
not take a farm magazine ? If you do, he is likely a back- 
ward farmer. Do you know of a Brethren who does not 
take his church paper? If you do, he is not a progressive 
Brethren ! 

How does a Methodist brother come to have a paper ? The 
Methodist Church has generously supported all plant and 
eqmpment needs essential to the production of Methodist 
publications. Why does a farmer procure a farm paper at 
a nominal subscription ? The paper is supported by lucrative 
commercial advertising and is therefore a means of profit to 
its owners. 

How does a Brethren come to have a paper ? He has a pub- 
lication plant due to Brethren financial support through gifts 
and some proceeds from a certain amount of commercial 

To maintain Brethren Church contacts over thirty-one hun- 
dred families subscribe for The Brethren Evangelist. Prac- 
tically 100 percent of Brethren Churches use at least some 
Brethren Sunday School quarterlies, and a number are pa- 
trons of Brethren tracts, pamphlets and books. 

How does a denominational publishing house get to be 
self-sustaining? By having sufficient financial strength to 



do business in a big way. Can the Brethren Church have 
such a publishing concern ? Yes, whenever the Brethren de- 
cide to do business in a big way. It cannot only be made self- 
supporting but even to produce profits which can be used 
for missions. To realize this would necessitate among other 
things a greatly enlarged floor-space and the installation of 
up-to-date equipment. 

As for the present, put this Publication Day Offering 
across. Let there be no loop-holes in time, place or purpose. 
Let the Brethren give "according to their power." The time 
is not a hard one financially, and all have some means today. 
Those who look on giving as a burden and object to having 
to raise money for causes outside their own community have 
no cry here. For Brethren publications are actually a first 
aid to our local Sunday schools and churches. Self-interest 
calls for plenty of generosity here! Every "dyed-in-the-wool" 
Brethren must know that giving is a test of his sincerity. 
For how can the Brethren Church live and transmit her her- 
itage without Brethren Publications? To withhold from the 
Publication Day Offering is to threaten our Brethren heri- 
tage. To be a staunch Brethren is not to be tight-fisted, nor 
to be given to destructive criticism as an excuse for not 
giving. Let us face it squarely. Is our love for Christ and 
the propagation of the Gospel through the Bretlixen Church 
worth one hundred cents on the dollar? Let the sincerity of 
love be proved. Give out of the abundance of the present time 
while there is an abundance rather than to tie one's self 
down to too many earthly debts and obligations. 

This writer is certainly not ashamed to ask for money in 
behalf of the Lord's work. For Paul wrote letters, made ap- 
peals and even sent special agents to the churches for needed 
funds in his day (2 Cor. 8 and 9)! 

Vinco, Pa. 

Publishing Glad Tidings . 

Rev. J. Milton Bowman " ■ 

No bee appears to obey any other nor to cooperate with 
any other, yet so perfect is the spirit of the hive that each 
does her special task with wonderful efficiency. Cooperation 
is a matter of course, not a virtue. All the agencies of our 
denomination must develop a loyal spirit to one another. 

The Brethren Church has a great future, as great as the 
promises of God, providing she is alert to the many oppor- 
tunities constantly knocking at her doors. She has often failed 
to grasp these opportunities and the result has been worse 
than stagnation. But we are on the verge of a great awaken- 
ing and to a vision of the over-ripe fields of service. Making 
others aware of the living Christ is our task, and what a 
glorious cause that is. It was Admiral Beatty who said, "If 
half the outpouring of life and treasure, or organization and 
efficiency that the state has put into tiiis war could be 
thrown into the cause of the kingdom — the world would soon 
be won for Christ." 

One of the greatest agencies which any denomination has 
to propagate the glad tidings of great joy to its members 
and to the world is its Publishing House. Can you imagine 
a going denomination without an aggressive, alert, policy- 
promoting press? Such a church would be like a man wlio 
is always whetting his scythe, but never cutting. Printing 
came from a single idea bom out of an accident. The boy 
Gutenberg was whittling the wooden letters of his name by 
a fireplace. One letter fell into a pot of purple die and as 
he fished it out, it fell upon a piece of parchment making a 

perfect imprint of the letter in purple. This gave the boy 
the idea of printing and when he became a man, he invented 
the printing press in 1450. It is impossible to estimate the 
value of this single idea. A Gutenberg Bible, first edition, was 
purchased by the United States Congressional Library from 
the Imperial House of Austria, for five hundred thousand 
dollars. This invention also made possible our own Publishing 
House with its marvelous opportunities for service. 

You have all noticed the general improvements which are 
taking place. The new building, new presses and type, the 
printing of tracts, the finishing of the apartments for in- 
come purposes, and the increased number of items which 
may be purchased through our Publishing House. Your re- 
sponse in the last few years, both in offerings and subscrip- 
tions, has been splendid and very generous to this real and 
powerful agency for the promotion of our beloved Church. (^ 
Continue to give large offerings to this worthy cause, will ^' 

But, of course, you are expecting something of value in 
return; literature that is devotional and Christ-centered. You 
desire editorials and articles which will mould public opin- 
ion that are alert to the signs of the times, to new ideas 
and methods. As a member of the Brotherhood, you want 
infonnation as to what is going on in the denomination, and 
that the news be fresh. You hope for a stronger note of 
propliecy — a sane, biblical presentation of prophetic truth, 
■ in these critical days which are facing you and your chil- 
dren. You are looking to the Publishing House to attempt 
great things for God. Words and ideas pull triggers in the 
mind and sometimes promote great action by those impres- 
-sions. What a remarkable truth Harrington Emerson stated! 
"One single idea may have greater value than all the labor 
of all the men, animals, and engines for a century." You are 
seeking a vigorous, aggressive policy which will present the • 
glad tidings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to you and to 
others both winsomely and attractively. For these reasons, 
and others, you are giving so splendidly to the Publication 
Offering. Great things are expected from the Staff. It should 
be glad news to you that you will not be disappointed. 

Nappanee, Indiana. 

Is Our Publishing House Important? 

Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

It is doubtful if I can say anything that has not already 
been said or written in behalf of the support of our publish- 
ing interests, but the question comes to me: Is our publish- 
ing house important? I can answer that question in very 
few words: Yes, it is important and more than that it is 

Imagine, if you can, a denomination like ours getting along 
without any literature of its own, just using what comes 
along from other sources; without its official organ, such as 
the Evangelist, to carry its church news, announcements, 
official reports and pronouncements; without any Sunday 
School literature to carry its own doctrinal teachings and 
denominational emphasis; without the printed matter neces- 
sary to promote its denominational work, such as Missions, 
benevolent, educational and etc. The fact of the matter is, 
we wouldn't think of trying to get along without the use 
of publications. 

Now we wish to state some more facts for our reconsid- 
eration : 

JANUARY 13, 1945 


1. We have a new publication plant at Ashland, Ohio, of 
which we can be justly proud, and which is sufficiently large 
to admit of expansion to meet the needs of the future. 

2. We have added in the last year several pieces of good 
equipment in way of presses, etc., which have increased the 
efficiency of the plant. 

3. We have a Publication Board to manage these affairs 
composed of men who are well qualified and who are look- 
ing ahead and planning constantly to improve and increase 
the efficiency of the plant together with the quality and use- 
fulness of the materials produced. 

4. This Board is our Board and is looking to us for the 
necessary support in offerings, in order that they might 
carry out the obligations we have laid upon their shoulders. 

We believe the people of the Brethren Church are awak- 
ening to their individual responsibility toward our denomina- 
tional interests as never before as indicated in many quar- 
ters. What shall our answer be to the appeal for a large 
offering on Publication Day, January 28 ? May it be the 
largest offering for our Publishing Interests in the history 
of our Church. 

Falls City, Nebr. 

Expand Yovr Publhhing Sewice 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 

In the few recent yeai's our Brethren people have had an 
accented interest in the work of our Publishing House. Some, 
have come to the full realization of the place of such an in- 
stitution and its essential help to a living, wide awake and 
informed Church. Others, however, have failed almost total- 
ly, to recognize the worth of such an institution. This is un- 
fortunate indeed, for by the facility of the printed page, the 
unified and concerted action of the Church, as a denomina- 
tional body, is greatly enhanced. No greater agency for pro- 
/notion can be found within the whole Church. No better 
means of formulating and crystallizing the universal opin- 
ion of the Church public, is to be found than through the 
literary form. 

The ideals and doctrines of our Church have been made 
common information among our people, largely through the 
distribution of our own publications. Our Church has been 
kept informed on the work and progress of the churches, on 
the status of missions and the program of the College and 
Seminary and other auxiliary bodies of the denomination, 
through our publications. 

The above implied duties are conceived to be the ordinary 
duties expected of a Church Publishing firm. Our Publishing 
House, in addition to its recent building program, has per- 
formed these duties as its small budget permitted. The build- 
ing was necessary to the creation and maintenance of a 
progressive and stable business organization. The response 
of the brethren was indeed splendid and we are now in the 
position to do a real work in disseminating the truth to the 
world and meeting the needs of the Church in a far larger 

Service features are being added constantly and yet the 
possibilities have by no means been exploited, nor shall they 
be on such a limited budget. Many kinds of service might 
be added and the present service expanded, with the contin- 
ued and increased generosity of the brotherhood. For instance, 
there is a need for literature artistically and colorfully de- 
signed, which could be used in interesting men and women 

in the destiny of their souls. Likewise, a book of instruction 
for children, including the cardinal doctrines as well as those 
peculiar to our denomination, is much needed. The expansion 
of the present sale of books and literature into the mainte- 
nance of a real bookstore, available to the public and the 
whole brotherhood, would be an invaluable addition. 

What you and I both know is this simple little fact, namely, 
that the Publishing House cannot execute a progressive and 
expanded program on thin air. The solemn ti-uth is, simply 
that your faithful and generous gi\'ing, now, will aid the 
expansion and usefulness of your Publishing House. If you 
give as you have never given before, you may be assured 
of. the service you have never heretofore known. "Give and 
unto you shall be given." 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 


Fishers of Men 

By Dr. C. F. Yoder 

IT. Mindful of Man 

Almost three thousand years ago the sweet psalmist of 
Israel was thinking of the seeming insignificance of man as 
compared with the vast and glorious heavens, and then re- 
membered that, in spite of that the fact that God has exalted 
man above the works of creation about him, he in wonder- 
ment wrote: "What is man that thou rememberest him, and 
the son of man that thou visitest him?" — Ps. 8:4. He seemed 
to sense something of the supremacy of the spiritual as rep- 
resented in man, something of his value and of his eternal 
destiny. If we wish to be eager soul-winners we must be 
imbued with the value of the souls we are trying to win. A 
woman escaping from the San Francisco fire some years 
ago disvovered that in her excitement she had carried away 
her poodle and left her baby to perish in the flames. Her 
anguish may serve to illustrate the anguish of those who 
in the judgment to come will find themselves with worth- 
less things while. their souLs they have forgotten. It is our 
duty to cry aloud to waken them out of such utter folly. 

1. The position of man in creation is the first thing to 
call our attention to his importance. The psalmist was in- 
spired to write: "Thou hast made him a little lower than 
the angels." — Ps. 8:5. Both men and angels are spirits, but 
man has a physical body while angels have spiritual bodies. 
Nevertheless angels are sent to minister unto men, and in 
the world to come the children of God will have a higher 
place than angels, for they are to be with Christ, co-heirs 
of God. To which of the angels has God said, at any time, 
Sit thou on my right hand? or again, "I will be to him a 
Father and he shall be to me a son?" When we are in the 
work of saving men we are dealing with subjects whole value 
is beyond our calculation. 

2. Possibilities. We evaluate things according to their pos- 
sibilities for usefulness. A lion is stronger and an eagle is 
swifter than a man,, but a man invents machines far stronger 
than the lion, and wings far swifter than the angels. Created 



in the image of God he has personality and can know God as 
a person and think God's thoughts after him. Therefore, not 
of the beasts, was it said, "As many as received him (Christ) 
to them gave he power to become the sons of God." — John 
1:12. Man is the only earthly being which can, and instinc- 
tively does worship God. He is worth saving. 

3. Destiny. When honey bees want a new queen they en- 
large the cell containing the egg selected, and when the queen 
is hatched they feed her on a special royal food and in due 
time they have a queen. Of Christian believers it is said "It 
doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that when 
he shall appear we shall be like him for we shall see him 
as he is." — 1 John 3:2. More marvellous still is the promise 
of Jesus, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with 
me on my throne, even as I also- overcame and am set down 
with my Father in his throne." — Rev. 3:21. If extraordinary 
efforts are made to preserve the life of a prince or princess 
in order that they may reign in this world, is it not much 
more worth while to save those who may reign with Christ 
eternally ? 

4. The price paid. Great prices are paid for things of great 
value, and God, who knows best the value of a human soul, 
has paid a corresponding price for the redemption of lost 
man. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only 
begotten son that whosoever believeth on him should not 
perish but have everlasting life." — John 8:16. If God is so 
much concerned in the winning of men and the reconcilia- 
tion of the world to himself, how can we be indifferent to 
this the greatest work in the world? 

5. Co-workers with God. Our Father in heaven has not 
paid such an infinite price for our redemption simply to see 
us sitting about idle. He has called us to be his helpers. "We 
then as workers together with him" are. the words of Paul 
in 2 Cor. 6:1. They apply to all believers, for all who are 
called to be witnesses of the grace of God. He might have 
announced his Gospel with the thunders or the songs of birds 
or the whispers of the breeze, but he chose to use people, — 
people who can give personal testimony of their own new 
life. How marvellous is our privilege to be ambassadors of 
God, and how pitiful that so many do not appreciate it! 

6. Permanent results. "The world passeth . . . but he that 
doeth the will of God abideth forever."— 1 John 2:9. When 
we win souls we are harvesting for eternity. Our labors are 
not in vain in the Lord. Therefore "let the dead (in sin) bury 
the dead but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.' ' 

7. There is no other way. If there were another or a bet- 
ter way God would use it. In his infinite wisdom he puts 
responsibility on his children. That means great loss to those 
who avoid it but great reward to those who do their part. 
Men in their ignorance or perversity reject God, but we who 
have the light must let it shine. We must be soul winners or 
lose our own. We may not be able to do much, but what we 
can do we must do. There is no other way. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 
tQ V — »<© 

RE-BORN! 1 John 2:29 

To know that God (not Christ; compare 1 John 1:9; John 
27:25) is righteous is to perceive that every doer of His 
righteousness is a son of God (not of Christ; we are no- 
where in Scripture said to be bom of Christ). To partake 

of that righteousness which is God's nature is proof of birth 
from Him. Compare John 3:21 and 1 John 1:6. Righteous- 
ness must be shown in CONDUCT; a mere desire to be 
righteous will not suffice. And the conduct must be HABIT- 
UAL; a single act of righteousness will not suffice. To know 
intuitively (Rom. 8:14-16) that God is righteous is to come 
to know by experience (Rom. 8:17) that viihosoever habitually 
acts righteously is God's child — "born of Him." To observe 
a man practicing righteousness habitually is to know that 
he has received his love of righteousness from the Righteous 

I. THERE IS A RIGHTEOUS ONE. Read 1 John 1:1; 
Acts 3:14; 1 Pet. 3:18. Since the Son is "the image of the 
Invisible God," then in the righteousness of the Son we see 
imaged that also of the Father (John 1:18; John 14:8, 9). 
Righteousness is on the throne of the universe. Shall not f^ 
the God of judgment do right? He is light without a speck 
of darkness (1 John 1:4); love which changeth not; righteous- 
ness without a flaw. The born again man knows this. The- 
unborn again person knows there is a supreme being, but 
cannot say, "Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15). 

RIGHTEOUS ONE. The casual or occasional good deed will 
not manifest this, but the continuity of righteousness under 
all circumstances and places in spite of all temptations. 
Such a man is on no uncertain, fickle course. His is the 
strait and narrow way that "leadeth unto life." He is in love 
with righteousness, and nothing but righteousness. Toward 
God his devout and reverent love goes forth; toward man 
he is true and kind. His soul regulates. the body, the spirit 
governs his soul, and God governs all. What he ought to be 
and do at any moment he is and does. Being a partaker of 
the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4), he is Christ controlled. Christ 
makes him what he ought to be, and he goes where Christ 
wants him to go. He is "alive unto God," a spiritual man. 
He has . passed from death unto life. His life is from God. 
The Divine Spirit has quickened the human (Eph. 1:1-6). 
This man's whole nature is renewed to righteousness, God 
has made him in his o^vn image and in the image of His 
Son (Rom. 8:28). Such a life is a product of the Spirit of 
God. Such a man is more than just "the offspring of God." 
He is a member of the household of God (Eph. 2:19), of 
one family in heaven and on earth. When we know that a 
man resembles God in nature, we are sure that he is a child 
of God by the second birth, even of the Holy Ghost. 


And we ought to be able to recognize them, too. If we know 40 
God, we ought to know those who resemble Him! God dwells : 

with His own and communes \\ath them. They have fellow- 
shipship with the Father. As they ripen for a higher destiny, 
their radiant faces shine in the light of a better world. Wher- 
ever there is a God-like man, there is a Heaven-born one, 
whether he belongs to our particular church or not. There 
must be, however, holiness of heart and life, for without 
holiness "no man shall see the Lord." John 3:3-7; 1 John 
5:1; John 1:12, 13; 1 Pet. 1:23; James 1:18. 

OF THE SPIRIT. -John 3:5. There is a water baptism and 
also a Spirit baptism. The body is baptized in water and the 
soul and spirit of man is baptized in the Spirit. By divine 
appointment the two go together and are essential to an 
entrance into the Kingdom. We enter the world through 
physical birth, but the kingdom of heaven we enter through 
the spiritual birth; that is, born of water and of the Spirit. 
Man administers the rite of water baptism, but God, through 
Jesus Christ, His Son, administers the Spirit baptism. This 
is in accord with Matt. 3:11. 

JANUARY 13, 1945 



V^itnessing: V/hy? 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

In two articles I have stressed witnessing. The first, on 
the scriptural setting for it and the departing announcement 
of our Lord that that was to be the work of His followers for 
all time until His return to say, "It is long enough. The tes- 
timony is now full and the work of completion is begun." The 
second was concerning the immediacy of the task, "Witness- 
ing Now." We have only today. 

In this' article I desire to give a reason for the stressing 
of "immediacy:" the why of witnessing. Let us not be lulling 
ourselves to sleep with regard to either of these phases of 
our task, reminding and assuring ourselves continuously that 
God's tomorrow has a task definitely and distinctly its own. 
If there is to be witnessing in another "age" of our Lord's 
plan of the ages, it will be revealed to us and we shall be 
more diligent, perhaps, in that than we have been in this. 
Surely we can not boast that we have done a good work at 
witnessing. There are too many to whom our testimony has 
been nil or worse, deploying our worldliness rather than our 

1. In the first place, then, let us obsen'e that we should be 
diligent in our witnessing Because our Lord Has Left That 
Task to Us. Thus He has honored and commissioned us. Not 
a king, or a president, but the Lord of glory desires that we 
shall be telling people about Him as the only source of sal- 
vation. The ungodly world well knows this well and expects 
it of us. But it is no less our duty each opportunity and on 
every occasion, to remind a tempted and wayward people that 
danger lurks in all risks of surrender to passion, intemper- 
ance or ease in Zion. If there is a gospel according to you 
and if there are persons whom only you can reach and bless, 
as I believe, then an alert and watcliful attitude is always 
necessary. If the above premise is correct, then unless each 
does a full share of the witnessing, souls will be required 
at our hands if we neglect. 

Soon after the first election of our fourth term president, 
I had clipped a very nice picture of Mr. Roosevelt and put 
it up in one of the rooms of our house. A fellow pastor visit- 
ing me remarked about it, perhaps knowing that I resented 
the "wetness" of his platform and principles. Raising his eye- 
brows, he said, "Ah!" I said, "Yes, he's my president." He 
was even though I did not vote for him. And he still is. I'd 
not deny it. So, Jesus is my Savior, my Lord, and my coming 
King. God help me never to fail to witness to any of the 
great facts and blessings that come to me because of Him, 
I pray never to fail Him or be ashamed of Him. 

2. Because the World is in Such Need of the Witness. One 
is impressed how very limited this witnessing has become. 
Both from a Catholic and from a Brethren has come the 
acknowledgment that two of each had worked together for 
four years in the same office or shop and never had discov- 
ered they were brothers in the same church! What a wit- 

nessing was that. One travels a whole day %vith people some- 
times before they are conscious that they are brothers in 
Christ — or are they? But if Christians are so negligent of 
their duty, what must be the hope of the salvation of the 
world — of people who now are fast passing the danger line 
where salvation does not come to them at all ? 

"Do you want to have joy that will last all your days? 
Then tell others the story is true; 

They may never find Jesus the Savior of men, 
Unless they can find Him through you." 

Perhaps our songs drill this into us more than our preach- 
ers. So many of us drift along as if it would be as well 
done tomorrow as today; but such attitudes are devilish, 
doleful and damaging. The discovery of how few ever be- 
come Christians after they are fifteen is simply bewildering 
and astounding. Hence, the appalling responsibility of both 
parents and teachers of our youth in the training classes and 
camps. Neither does this lessen the responsibility of pas- 
tors and evangelists. We need to recognize the appalling 
need of the world of Christ and the gracious gospel of sal- 
vation and redemption. 

3. The Time of Witnessing Must be Shortening Swiftly. 
More and more we are conscious of a universal conviction 
that "the end of all things is at hand," and of this we may 
be doubly assured: the End is 1944 years nearer than when 
Jesus said, "I will come again and receive you unto myself." 
"He must reign" has never been repealed. "We shall be kings 
and priests with Him" is yet unfulfilled. The conviction of 
the need of a unified world becomes a dire necessity of our 
continued existence. We think in terms of cooperative nations 
as the only hope of peace and safety of the races. Tyrants 
and wicked dictators must be manacled is the common ver- 
dict of all humanity these days. Let us tell that it shall be 
so under Him of whose kingdom there shall be no end; 
(Isaiah 9:7: Luke 1:.3.3) whose command is over millions in 
every generation by the simple rule of peace and good-will. 
Signs of His coming multiply daily and four attitudes are 
required of us at His coming: "Watch," "Pray," "Be sober," 
"Be ready." Has our witnessing been like this? 

"When Jesus comes to reward His servants, 

Whether it be noon or night. 
Faithful to Him will He find us watching. 

With our lamps all trimmed and bright?" 

4. Because We Are Enriched by Our Witnessing. We bear 
fruit and maintain our contact with Jesus only as we keep 
His commandments. John 15:10. It may not be popular to 
preach such a doctrine when men are offering the easy ways 
of simply believing or by praying through or by trusting to 
eternal security of a false reasoning and denial of the plain 
teaching of the gospels; but "let God be true and every man 
a liar" still holds with some of us. We grow in grace only 
as we progress in the work he has committed to us. John 
1.5:4, 7, 10. Delay is wasteful, rebellious, wicked. "If a man 
love me he will keep my word," said Jesus and it was He 
also who said, "Ye are my witnesses." 

Hence, Because He has honored us with the work of wit- 
nessing, because He has promised enrichment of life, and 
because the time is short and because the world is in such 
great need of Christ, let us be faithful stewards of the grace 
of our God. Witnessing Now! 

Western Springs, 111. 

The great God wants our conspicuous crises to be occa- 
sions of conspicuous testimony. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor 
Used by permission." 



Topic for January 21, 1945 


Scripture: Isa. 2:3; Acts 2:42 

For The Leader 

Almost at once we come to the conclusion, in answer to 
this question, that our church does far more for us than we 
give to it in return. Too often we take its presence among 
us for granted. It has always been here as long as we can 
remember, and as far as we are concerned, it will always be 
here. When we think of the church we think of it as some- 
thing which the other person is responsible for. Too often 
we fail to realize that we are as much the church, and re- 
sponsible for it, as the other person. In 1943, something over 
3000 churches folded up in the United States. As we consider 
tonight what our Church does for us, let us not overlook 
what we should be doing for the Church. 

The peace and security which we receive when we attend 
the services in God's house is symbolic of that never failing 
security which God Himself gives unto us. As we pass the 
Church during the week, we think of it as being the place 
of refuge and strength. It gives to us a feeling of security 
and courage. The boys of our Church who are away, write 
back and tell us of the encouragement they receive as they 
remember their church at home. The presence of the church 
among us should teach us also that God is ever near to us 
at all times. 

2. HE WILL TEACH US OF HIS WAYS. While this pas- 
sage in Isaiah tells of the conditions when Christ reigns in 
Zion, it nevertheless shows to us what His church can do 
for us right now. "He will teach us of His ways." We sing 
the song, "God's Way Is The Best Way." Where did we 
learn that truth? Undoubtedly in church. Where did we learn 
right from wrong? It is a safe guess, in church. We learned 
to endure hardship, pain and disappointment in church. We 
have also learned that God does a very good job of leading 
us. About the only time we get into trouble is when we ignore 
God and go our own way. 

In church, God tells us how to live. He tells us what to 
expect when we die. All these things are helpful to us who 
are traveling this life on earth. Thus it should be that we 
earnestly desire to be in God's house at all times when ser- 
vices are being held. We can receive some help from all 
its services. 

3. WE WILL WALK IN HIS PATHS. There is no question 
as to where a Christian will go, or what a Christian will do, 
when, in God's house, they have learned of His ways. A per- 
son who accepts Christ and His way of life will be greatly 
aided in choosing the path in which to travel. It is a certain 
truth that many people fail to live a real Christian life be- 
cause they grew careless in their coming to church. How 
can we know how to live unless we go where that way is 

Our own church can be most helpful to us by giving us a 

place where we can receive, spiritual food and strength. With 
open hearts and minds we can fill our souls on the bread of 
life. This will then help us through the week. We shall in 
reality, be more agreeable, helpful, considerate, and less sin- 
ful. Throughout the week, helpful suggestions from our pas- 
tor or teacher will come to mind. The very fact that each 
Sunday we attend church, will keep us closer to God. It does 
stand to reason that if we learn of God, we Shall walk in 
His pathways. 

God, and the Word of God is the absolute ruling authority 
in this life. Living in sin and in godlessness, is contrary to 
that Law and Word. The soul which so lives, must pay the 
penalty. When we disobey the rules of God we must pay 
for it. Bad habits, sins of the flesh, are all things which cause 
us to get into trouble with God. In the church, we are taught 
how to overcome these evil -things. It stands to reason that 
a person who lives good will not get into trouble. So in the 
church we learn the rules of life and society which makes us 
good Christians and good citizens. The young people who 
go to Sunday School and church, as a rule, are cleaner, more 
upright and better promising, than those who do not. The 
young person who, through the training received in the 
church, refuses to do the evil things of the world, will be 
a better adult in the world of tomorrow. 

early Christians were kept together as a group because they 
continually met in the worship of God's house. There they 
"continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine." They were 
ever learning more about God and the Wonderful story of 
salvation. By their continual meeting together they were 
kept close to God. More than that, they had fellowship one 
with another. It is tragic that in all churches there are peo- 
ple who cannot seemingly get along with each other. This 
is no credit to any of the combatants. Still, in church we can 
have the sweetest of Christian fellowship with those around 
us. We dare say that young people stand a better chance of 
future happiness, if they will pick their friends and their 
companions from those who attend church with them. Being 
in the church they can plan their events and "dates" around 
the church activities. If things develop far enough that a 
home is planned for, they can base it on Christian teachings 
in which they both believe. God can be their adviser and 
mutual helper in all things. By thus choosing friends we can 
also be kept closer to God. 

is no more promising field of labor today than that of Chris- 
tian service. The amazing advance of transportation has 
opened great missionary possibilities for after the war. Our 
local churches are crying for ministers and consecrated work- 
ers and teachers. Any young person who wants to devote 
his time to working in his church can find plenty to do. There 
is no end to the things which young people can do in the 
church. The life given to Christ will want to serve Him. In 
this church helps, for it gives us a place in which to serve 


1. List five things which the church has done for you. 

2. Suggest some ways in which you may feel that the 
church, by changing its program of methods, could be of 
better help to you. 

3. Prepare a helpful Sunday evening church service. Then 
ask your pastor to let yoii put it on some Sunday evening. 

4. What are some ways in which you can depend upon 
the church? 

5. How can we repay the church for what it does for us ? 

JANUARY 13, 1945 


Haib t0 JS^Bt 

SENSENBAUGH. Dessie Shrader Sensenbaugh was born 
in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on June 25, 1877. She was 
the daughter of Malinda and John Shrader. She passed to her 
heavenly rest on November 29, 1944, aged 67 years, after 
an illness of six months. 

In the passing of Mrs. Sensenbaugh, St. James has lost 
one of its most faithful members, for she united with the 
church forty-eight years ago. She served as Financial Secre- 
tary for a number of years and was President of the Woman's 
Missionary Society for a number of years, giving up these 
offices when her health would no longer permit her to carry 
on. She will be missed by all, not only in the church, but 
in the community as well. 

She is survived by her husband, Daniel T. Sensenbaugh, a 
daughter, Mrs. Ruth Metz, and a son, John W. She was the 
mother of Rev. Peter Sensenbaugh, deceased. 

Funeral services were conducted on December 2nd, by the 
writer, assisted by Rev. N. V. Leatherman, pastor of the 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Maryland. Interment was 
made at Manor Church Cemetery. 

D. C. White. 

FORTUNE. On the early morning of September 24, 194J, 
as the sun was looking over the gray hills of the east, the 
soul of a good man slipped away from this earthly tenement 
of clay to be with its Maker. Alexander Fortune was born 
in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1854, and thus departed this life 
at the ripe old age of ninety years. 

While a young man he moved to Kentucky and later to 
New Carlisle, Ohio, living there for thirty-two years. 

He belonged to the Baptist Church in Kentucky where his 
membership remained until his death. During his illness he 
was patient, under the care of his loving daughter. He often 
spoke of how good God had been to him in his old age. He 
will be missed by his relatives and friends. 

His funeral took place in the Funeral Home on the after- 
noon of Tuesday, September 26. Burial was made in the Med- 
way Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by the writer. 

Rev. Harrie C. Funderberg. 

WILLIAMS. Lula May Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Troy F. Johnson, was born in Blue Mound, Illinois. June 2, 
1871. On March 17, 1904 she became the wife of C. W. Wil- 
liams. To this union were bom two children: Howard Earl 
and Edward Troy. Her husband preceded her in death on 
April 23, 1938. 

Lula May fell asleep from which none ever wake to weep 
on Simday, August 31, 1944, and thus slipped away to be 
with her Lord. She was 70 years, 2 months and 29 days of 
age. She was a member of the New Carlisle, Ohio, M. E. 

Burial was in the village Cemetery, with the services being. 
conducted by the writer. 

Rev. Harrie C. Funderberg. 

Our triumph has already been won by our Leader, but we 
must identify ourselves with His victory. 

The Sunday School: What? 

(Continued from page 2) 

or ill. Here it is altogether for good. Listen to speakers 
everywhere and read after the best writers and note the 
Sunday School influence running through their thinking and 
what they write. The writer can testify to the fact that his 
life was greatly influenced along temperance lines and for 
missions because of what he learned as a lad in the little 
Sunday School which he attended at that time. A temperance 
talk once each month and a missionary offering in the Sun- 
day School the first Sunday of each month did more to teach 
this one the deep fundamentals of temperance and missions 
thaji all he ever heard from the pulpit up to the time he 
was a grown man. So we would say the church does well to 
boast and encourage the Sunday School and the wonderful 
work it is doing. 

So call this institution by any name appropriate. Depart- 
ment of Religious Education, or what not, a rose by any 
other name, etc. It is what the Sunday School is doing that 
commends it to the leaders in the church and has made it 
almost as well liked among the population in general as the 
church itself. It reaches all ages and both sexes and gives 
every citizen the opportunity to learn the eternal verities 
without even tying himself up with the church. Of course 
the Sunday School leads htm to that eventually and that 
is one of the greatest reasons why the church should give 
greater attention to the Sunday School and its work. Some 
even advocate the budgeting some church funds for Sunday 
School work. Usually that is not needed, for the Sunday 
School more than takes care -of itself and even helps the 
church meet its obligations. This is especially true regarding 
missionary off'erings and the like. Give us better Sunday 
Schools and you will give us a better citizenry and a more 
intelligent church membership. More regarding the Sunday 
School and its moral and spiritual influence in the next two 

Maurertown, Va. 

Ashland CoJIege News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

Despite the worst winter weather in almost 30 years, Ash- 
land College opened as scheduled January 3 with almost a 
full faculty and student body in attendance. Authorities have 
considered this as remarkable because the heavy snow, more 
than 20 inches in December, has made all but the main high- 
ways impassable around Ashland. 

All has not been bad about the weather, however, Friday 
night of last week the students conducted one of their more 
successful "all school" parties when a large number of the 
student and faculty had a snow party at the Ashland Coun- 
try Club. Jane King and Janet Schwab were among those 
instrumental in making the party a success. Miss King is a 
senior from Ashland and Miss Schwab is a junior from Louis- 
ville, Ohio. 

The Eagles' Nest, the student council sponsored "student 
union" opened under new management last week. With the 
Manager called into the service, the Y. W. C. A. assumed 
responsibility for the operation of the concession. Light re- 



freshments are available to the students during the day and 
early evening in the "nest." 

A break in the heating system of the Physical Education 
building has caused the transferring of the home Basketball 
games to the gymnasium at the Ashland High School until 
repairs can be made on the boiler. The weather and the 
unusual wartimes has made it extremely difficult to secure 
repairs at once. 

The new semester opens January 29 and it is expected that 
a number of new students ^vill enroll at that time. In fact a 
number of applications are already on' file. Anyone inter- 
ested in entering at that time should get in touch with the 
Director of Admissions at once. 

President Mason is in Atlantic City this week attending the 
annual meeting of the Tijnerican College Association. 



News From Our 



(San Joaquin Valley) 

Our work finished at Empire, after a day's rest and prepa- 
ration, we started for our next activities, Los Angeles and 
environs, on one of the finest trains it has been my privilege 
to ride, "Your San Joaquin Daylight" and it was "tops." We 
entrained at Modesto, a beautiful city of true Spanish, West- 
ern style. Its wide streets, spacious lots adorned ■with oranges 
ripe on the trees, its low cement buildings in shining white 
and other pastel colors, make it a nice place to behold and 
doubtless, to live. Above the city some 70 miles were the 
great cities of Sacramento and San Francisco and in be- 
tween, much of the vineyards and gardens of richness and 
plenty giving the state one of its largest industries — wine- 
making. The only large thing in Empire is one of such 

Our Train 

Our train of 20 passenger coaches and two coffee-shops 
was one of the prettiest things one can imagine in the line 
of locomotion. Striped in yellow and maroon, streamlined, it 
streaked and snaked its way down the valley almost noise- 
lessly drawn by its monster Deisel engine, the signal, a low- 
sounding air-compressed blast that would scarcely arouse 
one from the inevitable nap as one relaxes in the easy indi- 
vidual seats. Sparsely filled that day, we had none of the 
usual troubles of present-day travel. With its news-agent, 
maid, radios, air-conditioning, around beautiful curves so 
sharp that one could often see both ends of the train — it 
made a most delightful train trip, long to be remembered. 

"The Friendly S. P." 

The Railroad company doubtless had tried to make this 
train exceptional. So does each road in this so largely man- 
made state. Running between two mountain ranges which 
furnish the life-giving irrigation water to the "ranches" one 
is kept informed as to what the attractions are along the 
way. In a four-column brochure found on the seats on enter- 
ing, one is advised of the distance from "Frisco," the time 
schedule, the elevation and the distinctive feature of each 

town, city or interesting place. Of course, one thing they left 
unnoticed — that the Brethren have churches at Lathrop, Man- 
teca, Modesto, Turlock, and that our sister group have many 
more than that all along this beautiful, prosperous valley. 


Night at Christmastide came all too early to see all the 
interesting things for much of the distance. Engineering 
feats that are wonderful in the less precipitous East are 
quite commonplace out there. Tunnels, horse-shoe curves 
and steep grades are frequent; but here was one feat as we 
climbed Mt. Tehapachi that is unique among them all. A 
shining thread of track ascends in a complete ascending 
curve and it is said that when the caboose of an 80-far freight 
train emerges from a "cut" (grade) under the upper track, 
the engine is directly above it 78 feet higher. The curve is 
3,795 feet in circumference and a beautiful train curving 
around it is a sight to behold and remember. It is one of the 
many things railroad management does these days to shorten 
their track only a few hundred feet and save the time of 
hasty travelers who do not know why they are so hurried 
or what to do with themselves after they have arrived. In 89 
miles we had ascended 2,730 feet. 

We were nearing the highest point at Tehapachi, 3,967 
feet elevation from San Francisco, only 6 feet above sea level, 
so near by. Climbing the mountains we swirl through passes, 
over grades, through tunnels from one of which we emerge 
to see ahead one through which we must pass before we 
enter a third, one sees to the left around the curved and 
crooked edge of the mountain sides. Their slopes are marked 
by grazing land and, "from February to May, adorned with 
purple and gold" (Ashland College Colors) the blossoms of 
lupines and poppies. Melons grow wild in some parts where 
they have been cultivated other summers. Withal, at Bakers- 
field, just before we start to climb, is one of the world's 
richest oil fields, a veritable forest of derricks. Mojave is 
the last place we observe in the deepening twilight where 
once we were among original seekers of a location for a 
Brethren Church, more than 35 years before. But its eleva- 
tion was too great to be a great success. 

Then, Los Angeles 

At ten P. M. we arrived "on time" to seek a sister-in-law 
whose generosity and hospitality I was to enjoy and which 
was to enrich my stay of 15 days in that sprawling city 
covering more ground, I was told, than any other city known. 
How was I to find her, viathout Whom I do not know what 
would have been my discomfiture in a place where too many 
always want to live and even the poorest of rooms is not 
easy to find and where accommodations cost as high as ?12.00 
per day? 

Did the Lord Help? 

To one whose life for the last several years has been so 
clearly saved and so blessedy guided, I confess a conviction 
that He led me straight to her before either of us had hardly 
thought of seeing each other among the thousands (it 
seemed) who alighted from many trains from many direc- 
tions. May the Lord forbid that I should fail to give Him 
credit and praise for what I believe to have been His gra- 
cious leading. In her waiting auto, with a good driver, we 
soon were ensconced where I had the privilege of a most 
gracious hospitality — modern, complete with phone and all 
that. By this, I was enabed to talk to friends whom I would 
have otherwise missed and to make engagements that turned 
the last lap of my journey to rich experiences that gave 
value, joy and deep appreciation for fellowship with the 
most valued possession of all life — ^friends! "Not servants 

JANUARY 13, 1945 


but Friends," Jesus named His disciples last, and then hinted 
of the most sacred intimacy as He revealed the secrets of 
eternity from the Father in heaven to them. John 15:14, 15. 
I love friends and strive diligently to keep them. But I am 
not easily fooled by the emptiness of professed friendship. 

In ray next message I shall tell of churches visited and of 
experiences that will, I hope, be surprising, interesting, ap- 
preciated and valued. The Lord was so near me. His leader- 
ship and guidance so convincing that it has enriched my 
life and I trust by His grace, that it will for others and 
may be shared among my Brethren in the days ahead. This 
very morning is reported a terrible train wreck with many 
killed on the same road I passed over only three days be- 
fore. Such occurrences are so frequent these days that when 
one has completed a trip of some 5,000 miles without serious 
discomfiture or mishap, he has such gratitude in his heart 
that he is glad to witness to it as well as enjoy it. Rejoice 
with me, my Brethren! 

Charles A. Bame. 


My first duty is to thank the Smithville Church for giving 
me the privilege of assisting Brother Stewart in a revival 
meeting at Bryan, Ohio. On the afternoon of Mon- 
day, November 27, Brother Stewart met me at Van Wert, 
Ohio, and took me to his parsonage where I rested until the 
evening service. 

Rev. and Mrs. Roger Montague arrived soon after I did 
and we soon became friends and team mates for the revival. 
Rev. Montague proved himself an able and spiritual director 
for evangelistic services; and Mrs. Montague was an effi- 
cient assistant at the piano and the accordion. Our two weeks 
of fellowship with them was both inspiring and uplifting. 
We hope we shall again have the privilege of working \\'ith 

Our home was in the parsonage where we greatly enjoyed 
the fine Christian fellowship of the pastor and his good wife, 
and Mrs. Stewart's mother. I was made to feel at home from 
the beginning and was sorry when the meetings were over. 

During the day the pastor was an expert guide in mak- 
ing calls throughout the community to make many contacts 
that an evangelist likes to make. He is a good personal 
worker and a real pastor. Brother Stewart is held in high 
esteem, not only by his church membership, but also by the 
entire community. During the two weeks he conducted two 
funerals and had one wedding. One of the funerals was for 
a Christian Scientist. (And even as a "reader" he preached 
a true Christian sermon.) 

Breakfast was at the parsonage — noon and evening meals 
were taken out. The story is revealed when I tell you that 
I gained several pounds during the two weeks. 

Several first time confessions were made and two fine 
young men who are seniors in high school came forward to 
give themselves for full time definite Christian work in the 
ministry. Praise belongs to God for this victory in the lives 
of these young men. They plan to be in Ashland in the near 
future. Brother Stewart has given a more detailed report. 
However we wish to thank all who worked so splendidly and 
entertained us in such a pleasing and splendid manner. 

Smithville, Ohio 

It has been some time since any report has been made from 
Smithville. The work still goes forward. Three have been 
baptized and received into the church since August first; 
and a father and mother, of children who are now in the 

church, have promised to come for Christian baptism in the 
near future. 

The Laymen of our church have held a preliminary meeting 
to plan for organization and a committee was appointed to 
arrange for a special meeting to complete the organization. 
A tentative date has been set for the latter part of Janu- 
ary. The W. M. S. has organized a branch society at Ritt- 

During the pastor's absence at Bryan, both Sundays were 
big days. On Sunday, December 3, Dean M. A. Stuckey spoke 
both morning and evening. On December 10, Rev. J. R. 
Klingensmith gave two addresses on his missionary trip to 
South America. The faithful prayer meeting group of mem- 
bers he(d services both Wednesday nights. When the pastor 
is away he never fears for the services with a group of 
workers like we have at Smithville. 

During the year 1944 the church has allowed their pastor 
to hold two revival meetings, and to deliver twenty-six spe- 
cial outside addresses. 

The Smithville revival, with the Harry Richer Evangelistic 
team, vdll be held March 18 to April 1, 1945. Neighboring 
churches are invited to attend. 

Rittman, Ohio 

For more than three years we have conducted services at 
Rittinan, Ohio, on Friday nights, approximately every two 
weeks. These good people meet in the various homes, for 
they were left \^'ithout a church building when another group 
took over their church property. 

It is always a joy to meet with them in these services. 
They are loyal Brethren, true to the Word, and zealous and 
eager to go forward. They bring their Bibles with them and 
follow the Scriptures as we study the Bible together. 

Brother Elmer Frank is the Moderator, and Mrs. Frank is 
the Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Vern Kime and Mrs. Kime are_ 
the choristers. During the year 1944 the women have or- 
ganized a Woman's Missionary Society, which operates as 
a branch of the Smithville W. M. S. They meet on the first 
Thursday evening of each month. 

Rev. Archie Martin as preacher, and Rev. Theodore Kline 
as singer, have conducted services at Rittman twice this mn 
ter. It is our hope that other young men from the Seminary 
will be induced to come to Rittman from time to time during 
the year ahead. Besides the experience gained the Rittman 
Brethren will pay their expenses for the trip. 

We wish to commend these good people for their loyalty to 
the Church, for their steadfastness of Christian courage in 
the face of many difficulties. Nearly every Sunday they will 
be found in the Sunday School and Worship service at the 
Smithville Brethren Church. 

We ask an interest in your prayers as we labor together 
in the Lord's vineyard. 

J. G. Dodds. 


Mexico, Indiana 

It has been entirely too long a time since any article has 
appeared in the columns of the "Evangelist" under the above 
caption. This writing finds us at our new home in the vil- 
lage of Mexico, Indiana, where we located the middle of 
last September. On arriving here we found the church with- 
out a pastor. Brother Arthur Tinkle having resigned some 
time previous to that time. We had hoped to give our time 
to evangelistic work and other things demanding our time. 



but upon the insistence of the church we consented to care 
for them until another can be secured to take up the work. 
This is our home church. Here we began our ministry just 
forty years ago. Now we have returned to spend the closing 
days of our ministry in these parts. We have not retired. 
We are busier, it seems, than ever before. This church has 
had great ministry and ^^^th some of the choicest of God's 
faithful Brethren here we hope to be able to report souls 
being saved and a strengthening of the work of the Lord 
all along the line. 

College Corner — Loree Circuit 

We closed our labors with this splendid circuit of rural 
churches on October first. This is a splendid circuit for any 
pastor to serve. The parsonage is at Loree and is modern 
and furnishes a very good home for the preacher. The years 
spent ^\^th these brethren were both pleasant and profitable. 
We saw the work at both places grow both spiritually and 
numerically. The offerings for the general interests of the 
church grew from a meagre sum to take their place with the 
larger churches of the brotherhood. We never expect to labor 
with a more appreciative folk. While we are never satisfied 
with results, yet it pleased the Lord to give us a good har- 
vest of souls in both churches. Peace and harmony prevails 
in both congregations, and we see no reason for their not 
forging ahead accomplishing things in a great way for Christ 
and His church. Brother Tinkle has taken over the work and 
we trust for him and his splendid family a great ministry 
in both fields. Mrs. Grisso and myself will never forget the 
many kindnesses shown to us through the years and the 
many expressions of their appreciation of those who labored 
among them. May heaven graciously reward them. 

Corinth, Indiana 

It was our privilege to spend two weeks in a special evan- 
gelistic effort with the Corinth, Indiana, church near Twelve 
Mile. This was our first meeting with our long time friend, 
Brother William Overholser, who is the pastor of the church. 
The attendance and interest generally in the meetings were 
just about in keeping with the times. Very few unsaved peo- 
ple came. A large ordnance plant near by employing many 
folks from the community affected our regular attendance 
greatly. Withal, we had a "season of refreshing from the 
presence of the Lord." The folks seemed to enjoy greatly 
our Bible studies from our large chart. Somehow we feel 
that these are times when folks need to be grounded anew 
in the Word of God. 

Our greatest numbers of outside attendance came from 
the Church of the Brethren at Mexico. 

This is the home of our good Brother Gilbert Maus who 
was with us in most of the services. Our prayers are for 
this church and their faithful shepherd, that they shall con- 
tinue to be the great power for God in that community in 
the future as they have been in the past. 
Dutchtown, Indiana 

For the fourth time we have been invited to lead the 
Dutchtown Brethren in a revival effort. We began the meet- 
ing on Lord's day evening, December 3rd and closed on the 
17th. Brother H. E. Eppley of Winona Lake, is the present 
spiritual adviser of this church. He is giving them full time 
preaching service, but because of his work at Winona cannot 
spend a great amount of time with them through the week. 
Since my first meeting with them in 1917 they have made 
many gains. They have a very substantial middle-aged mem- 
bership with families coming on that bespeak the successful 
future of the work. The death messenger has takeh a toll 
from this church that has left very marked vacancies. I 

missed greatly my friends of other years among whom were 
Brother Howard Mauzy and Brother Tom Plew. 

Our meeting started with prospects for a good meeting, 
when in the very middle, the snowstorm of December 10th 
came, and took what seemed to be the very heart out of the 
meeting. The remaining days were too few to get the meet- 
ing back to be able to report great visible results. 

We greatly enjoyed meeting many of our friends of other 
years and to find many of our spiritual sons and daughters 
remaining true to their Lord through the years. 

This church has a great field. They are awake to their 
opportunities, and we believe have a great future. They 
were generous in their appreciation of our labors among 
them both by word and by the very substantial offering. 
May pastor and people be blessed alike. 

I almost forgot to say that Brother Eppley took care of 49 
the music during the meeting in a very commendable fashion, 
and with the splendid array of musical talent in the church 
furnishing special numbers they added greatly to all the 
various services. 

Peru, Indiana 

Since the above reports would indicate that we haven't 
much to demand our time, we have been trying to minister 
to the Brethren in Peru since they came into the possession 
of the building on October 29. Brother Gilbert Maus, former 
pastor of the church has been sharing with us this responsi- 
bility. Thus ^^^th his help and also the assistance of other 
ministers, three from the Church of the Brethren, and Brother 
Smith Rose, who spoke to them on one Lord's day evening, 
we have been able to give them full-time worship services. 

For the benefit of those who do not know the situation here 
we might say that we have a very good church building worth 
possibly $50,000 with a parsonage. There is a small indebt- 
edness on it. There is a well-to-do, substantial membership 
of possibly seventy-five or eighty members. They are as loyal 
Brethren folks as will be found anywhere in our church and 
serve as the foundation for the building of a strong Breth- 
ren church in not too long a time. They are in need of a 
pastor on the field. I cannot give it the work that it must 
have. Will you join us in prayer as well as in the search for 
the proper leadership to be secured here? And now. Finally, 

A word to All Indiana Churches 

We are exceedingly anxious that EVERY CHURCH IN 
OUR DISTRICT will see to it that you meet your appor- 
tionment for our district work this year. The coming into^BL'i 
the possession of our Peru work \vill necessitate an addi- 
tional demand on our funds this year. It is necessarily our 
work at present. Our National Board has been at considerable 
expense in seeing it all the way through the days of litiga- 
tion. If your church has not sent in your apportionment of 
40c per member for the year, please give it your attention. 
My records as furnished by the secretary shows that just 
an even dozen churches in Indiana failed to give a single 
penny for district work the past year. I shall not embarrass 
you. Brethren, now by mentioning any of these twelve. Not 
now, no, but let us redeem ourselves and see to it that if 
we cannot meet the full apportionment, to at least send a 
liberal offering for the work. If we can help you in any 
way we are at your service. Conference has made an ap- 
propriation for us to visit your church in the interest of 
this work. An invitation will be given consideration. Yours 
for more, bigger and better Brethren Churches in Indiana. 
C. C. Grisso, Mexico, Indiana 
Pres. Indiana Mission Board. 

'V ■'!' {if •' I'" 


Vol. LXVII, No 3 January 20, 1945 

Missionary Board Number 



The Brethren Evangelist 

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Dr. C. P. Yoder, Rev. Floyd Sibert 


Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

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The Thanksgiving Offerings are coming even better 
than last year's. And what a benediction upon our 
church and upon others whom we serve in Christ's 
Own Name! 

Hungry mouths will be fed again by our sharing 

Our regular work will not be curtailed. 

We thank God; and we thank you whom He is 
using to help his own in the world who need such 
help as. you are sharing. 

Some of the Offerings have been outstanding. 

Louisville, Ohio $ 737,00 

Berlin, Pa 565.35 

Elkhart, Indiana 1,066.00 

New Paris, Indiana 804.00 

Bryan, Ohio • • • • • • 500.00 

Loree, Indiana 435.00 

Mexico, Indiana 200.00 

Mansfield, Ohio 212.00 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois 120.00 

Gretna, Ohio ' 240.00 

Highland, Pa 95.00 

Mexico, Indiana 200.00 

Johnstown, 3rd, Pa 351.00 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 114.89 

Buckhorn, Kentucky 21.49 

Haddix, Kentucky 20.00 

These are just a few that have already come in. 
Others will be acknowledged later. You will be sur- 
prised at some of the remarkable increases this year. 
Again we say we are very thankful. ^> 


We are starting a trip to get into every church 
we can enter with the report of our South American 
trip. The next three or four months we are devot- 
ing exclusively to this ministry. May we visit your 
church? Remember, they can't all be on Sundays. 
We will have too many of us do the best we can with 
a week night. It would take two years to cover the 
denomination by Sundays. We have some wonderful 
things to tell you about some things you want to 
know about our Brethren in South America. May 
we come in? 


For the support of Miss Louisa Kugler in Argen- 
tina the Sisterhood girls have given' us a check ■ 
amounting to $265. Well, we have since that time 
seen Miss Kugler in action among the boys and girls 
and among the older folks. We saw her working in 
a Gospel Hall teaching scripture verses, choruses, ^ 
sentence prayers, etc. Likewise at a home in Villa ^''' 
Constitucion we saw her, after she rode twenty miles 
on a bus to get there, doing the same work with 
about 30 people. Likewise she assists in Daily Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools, Summer Camp, helping in the 
publications there and itinerating among the 
churches to work with the Christian Endeavor So- 

I know of no place in the world where our Sister- 
hood girls can realize as much real Gospel ministry 
out of $265. My feeling since being there is that 
they should increase this sum by at least $50 if they 
can, for Miss Louisa is held far too close on her 
present salary. Her bus and train and car fare eat 
up too much to leave her sufficient for herself. 
Thank you girls. You are doing a great work, 

JANUARY 20, 1945 



o r I a I s 

By. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Facts About Our 

Argentine Missions 


-^ The recent visit to our Argentine Missions brought 
' startling, almost shocking, realizations to the secre- 
tary of the Mission Board. 

- Our first great surprise was the lack of buildings 
and equipment. Perhaps it is our own fault here in 
the homeland for pretending to have a foreign work 
with as little invested as we had to make it a work. 
In Cordoba where a pastor and assistant is being 
paid every month there is not even a building where 
worship is conducted. This is a city of 300,000 peo- 
ple. It is an ancient Catholic background that sur- 
rounds and permeates it. It has wonderful parks and 
most modern stores and shops. Its ice cream parlors, 
coffee shops, clothing stores, candy stores, shoe 
stores, offices and business establishments are equal 
to or superior to our Pittsburgh. Tragic is the spec- 
tacle of thousands of people gathered on the main 
plaza before a cathedral to await the entrance of 
a statue that they were to carry about the town 
while they prayed for rain. The silver and costly 
vestments of worship in the cathedrals made a rude 
contrast to a bare, cramped building that would look 
like a tool shed in this country or that — that is over- 
crowded with 30 people in it. Benches make seats. 
No windows are in the room at all, just one door. 
And even such as that is it is not ours, nor even 
^ ours to use permanently. It is a building that hap- 
pened to be at the back side of a lot where our people 
had a tent erected for services. The lot was sold and 
there was nowhere for them to go. Thus they cleaned 
up that little building and use it. 

But what kind of a believer or congregation could 
be attracted into such a place? Are we to appear — 
the Brethren — as a low class of "hunkies" 6r such 
as we would call them in this countiT? Why pay 
Brother Iztueta's salary, and Brother Andenmat- 
ten's salary and try to use Grace and Eleanor (Dr. 
Yoder's daughters) to establish a work with only 
enough money to pay them salaries to hold on ? They 
must also have money enough to purchase a good lot 
and place a good tent permanently with the view of 
later erecting a building. We should either make the 

work go at Cordoba successfully or drop it alto- 
gether. We are only to waste money in the future 
by not spending enough to make it a real success. 
It will take a couple thousand dollars to buy the lot 
where it should be had. Naturally we could buy a 
poor one out past the railroad tracks. But what for? 
So we should either dismiss all of our workers in 
Cordoba where we have a good footing and some 
excellent young people and where the summer resort 
of the nation is located because of the nearby moun- 
tains and where all of our young people will be com- 
ing for Summer Camp, — we should either dismiss 
the workers or give them sufficient funds with 
which to do something real. 

How in the world we could ever have a greater 
opportunity for foreign missions I would not know. 
Let us never say we desire to be a mission-minded 
denomination if we turn aside this opportunity. A 
lovely young couple do the visiting here. And how 
pitiful for them to be calling and calling and visiting 
and making friends— only to invite them to a tool 
shed after they have won them ! Lord forgive US ! 
And to win them is not so easy as we might think. 
Remember they have known nothing but Catholi- 
cism ; and even that they knew little about. 


Here, 200 miles from Cordoba, in a most beauti- 
ful city of 600,000 people, we have not one but sev- 
eral small congregations. Their pastor is the ener- 
getic and highly pleasing and successful Adolfo 
Zeche. He has a lovely family. Two daughters, Es- 
ther about 14, and Hedwig about 10, are just as 
much interested in the work as is his wife and him- 
self. I was so anxious to see the CHURCH there. It 
was a tent ! For six years it has been a tent ! A man 
must be paid to sleep in it so that no charge of mis- 
conduct can be raised against the Protestant church 
by permitting marauders to enter and leave a bad 
name upon the owners by Catholic criticism. But the 
tent is a bee hive of activity. Many wonderful young 
men and women, boys and girls, old men and women 
return nightly to the services. Pastor Zeche is al- 
ways preaching. The tent is the main center. But a 
gospel hall here and another there and another 
somewhere else is rented and used to attract new 
scholars and members. Then when he can he gets 
them to the tent. And he baptizes through the cour- 



tesies of other Protestant churches or elsewhere. And 
he has led his people into buying a lot in a very good 
location in this beautiful city. And it is paid for. 
And it is held in the name of the Missionaiy Board 
although THEY paid for it. And they have a list 
of contributors to a building fund that would amaze 
you to see it. We took one look and dug for our pock- 

But again, they need everything here. They need 
a building ; they need a communion set ; they need a 
typewriter, they need a mimeograph i^iachine; they 
need a Baloptican slide lantern; they need books; 
they need help of every kind. 

So it has been again the story of "too little ' from 
us. We have merely paid the pastor a salaiT upon 
which he could barely live and told him to use our 
name and go to it. He did and he did a wonderful job 
of it, never forget. I will never forget this wonder- 
ful congregation of loyal Brethren. They must have 
a church. It will cost us at least $12,000 to build it. 
Then Pastor Zeche can unite his small congrega- 
tions and have a wonderful church filled with young 
life anxious to spread out in the work of the Lord 
and preach and teach. And right near them are not 
a few, but many places where other churches can 
be started. 


And hei-e we are in a city of over three million, 
with the fastest growing work in the city, according 
to what a good Methodist preacher told me. My in- 
terpreter marveled at the way Brother Anton in two 
years surrounded himself with so many believers. 

This man told me that Anton had more believers 
coming to church in his house every week than some 
of the Protestant churches who had buildings and 
were located there for 20 years. But Anton and his 
wife and his sweet daughter Magdalena are on the 
job all the time. And young Jose is not a whit be- 
hind. They simply do it because they love it. They 
love to sing. They have duets, quartettes and double 
quartettes. They go to nearby cities and have halls 
for preaching. But again they have to rent the cheap- 
est and worst possible place instead of the best. We 
have only barely paid them enough to live on — and 
with that we dropped it. , . , , , 


We have felt that to be in the Will of the Lord 
we must have great Missions programs. 

We have always felt that our field in Argentina 
was weak and ungratifying. 

We therefore spent as little as we could upon it. 

In so doing we stinted our own progress. 

We lost some valuable time. 

But we did prove our workers' loyalty and ability 
to hold on. They are genuine and capable and very 


If we back them with funds sufficient to carry 
on a great program, we will have a great foreign 
mission program in the most cultured nation of 
South America. 

Those Brethren are true Christians and true 

They will retain the Gospel heritage and spread^ 
it there better than we can do here because their land 
is more ungospelized than ours. 

They will succeed better because they are native 
Christians. And because they know Christ in a very 
genuine and new way they can spread the Gospel 
with a better enthusiasm than we could in sending 
missionaries to them from here. 


Our EASTER OFFERING puts the Brethren 
churches of Argentina far ahead or far behind! 


Take a project: 

Buy a typewriter. We need two now at $150 each 

down there. 

Buy a comunion set. About $50 down there. 

Buy a picture machine. At least $150 down, there. 

(This is one of the most effective ways of drawing 

great crowds of children known. It is very good.) 

Buy a Mimeograph machine. It will cost at least 

$150 there. 

Buy a new organ. It will cost about $50 there. 

Help buy books to send our pastors and workers.^, 

THERE. And it is our guess that your picture will 
hang in their new building. We will need only $10,- 
000 more than we received last Easter to do it. Last 
year's Easter Offering was $26,000. If we reach 
$36,000 this year we can really do marvelous things 
in each place in Argentina, and also build a new 

JANUARY 20, 1945 


Does Cooperation 

Imply Union? 

Sometimes those of us who are in the "know" of 
events and happenings take it for granted that 
everybody else knows. All the while when they do 
not know it is only natural that misgivings arise 
and imagined steps seem to develop which prove the 
misgivings. Thus it is probably time, or past time, 
^hat a statement should be made to our denomina- 
tion about our co-operation with the Church of the 

In reality, the scarcity of information on this sub- 
ject is the truest picture there still is to be had. All 
of the imagined plans or moves, if there are any 
imagined, must dispose of themselves. To search for 
any such and then answer them would be quite an 
endless and worthless task. Our reason for writing 
this article came about in almost an accidental way. 
Recently in a meeting among a number of our min- 
isters there were a few questions asked which would 
have been unnecessary had they kno^v^l what they 
have a right to know and had no way of knowing. 
Thus it is only reasonable that there are others who 
probably want to know just how far our co-opera- 
tion is going, and whether or not it threatens to ac- 
complish that horrible and dreaded fear of the past 
half-century, the "swallowing up" adventure of the 
Church of the Brethren. We, of course, would be the 
swallowed victims. And who wants to be swallowed? 
Such is the fear of eveiy animal that roams the for- 
est, when a larger animal is about, and of every fish 
that lives in the sea, when larger fish are near ! Who 
can blame us for running if we think we ai'e just 
^about to be swallowed? 

W^e have made the statement to several District 
Conferences, and to the General Conference, even 
to be laughed at and called "too sensitive" that if any 
moves, open or secret were in progress to accom- 
plish a union with the Church of the Brethren, then 
the present Secretary of Missions could be consid- 
ered the worst falsifier in the entire denomination. 
Each time we have come to the General Conference 
with the whole program of co-operation and Relief 
work left to the Conference. This has also been done 
at several of the District Conferences. It has always 
been placed before them, and always should be, that 
they can either continue or discontinue the entire 
project. Each time it has been pi'esented it has also 
been asked whether this woi'k of Relief should be 
carried on through the Church of the Brethren or 

some other body. The answer has always been posi- 
tive and enthusiastic that it should be done through 
the Church of the Brethren. And because of their 
very wonderful programs in relief and also their 
most amazing progress in missions, with their grow- 
ing fields and opportunities and with the success they 
are realizing, it seemed to many of us that if they 
would permit us to share in their hard labors of the 
years and let us work for God and man through their 
agencies, we too could do much for life and for our- 
selves by doing it through them rather than to spend 
years of time and thousands of dollars in developing 
something that we could call our own. After all, we 
are doing it for God, and for others; definitely not 
for ourselves. If we are doing it for ourselves we 
should neither call it missions or relief. It should 
then be called an investment. If in reality we are 
giving it away to Jesus Christ and to life, let us give 
it away. And let us give it where it is most needed 
and in the quickest way we can. This we did through 
their agencies. But we did not give it to the Church 
of the Brethren ! We gave it through the Church of 
the Brethren. Not "to," but "through." Well do they 
know it, too ? A friend said to me, "Why are we giv- 
ing this money to the Church of the Brethren?" I 
said, "We aren't." I then told my friend that we 
would either have to give it through somebody else 
or go over and set up an agency to do it ourselves. 

But what in the world could the relief work in 
other countries among starving disorganized, dis- 
eased and aching humanity do to make us a union 
here? If it were a program to join colleges, publish- 
ing houses, all boards and local churches, > then that 
would be something else. 

But does not this cooperation lead to union? I 
don't know. I'm co-operating with the Methodist pas- 
tor in our city. I am speaking for him this month. 
I don't think 1 will join his church. I spoke for Dr. 
Swoyer, the Lutheran Pastor in Mansfield, the other 
night. I didn't join though. I gave some money to 
the Salvation Army worker the other afternoon on 
the street. But I didn't join. I gave some money to 
the Red Cross last year. But I didn't quit my church 
and join or get into a union with them. I gave some 
money last year to our local hospital for canned fruit, 
etc. But I didn't join. Not too long ago we gave some 
money to buy food for a hungiy family. But we 
didn't join. 

Now it could be feared that since the Church of 
the Brethren belongs .to the Federal Council of 
Churches that we are taking grave chances in feed- 
ing the starving Chinese through their relief agen- 
cies in China. To gratify this whim we should be 



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sure that we don't do anything for anybody if the 
Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans or any of the 
rest of the 25 denominations who belong to the Fed- 
eral Council are doing it. In fact, we should really 
disclaim any interest in the Kingdom of Heaven, for 
some of these other denominations claim to have an 
interest in it. And the facts are they have grown 
more and been more largely blessed than we have 
in their efforts and programs. Well, I know veiy 
little about the Federal Council and honestly do not 
have interest in it other than that I am glad for 
an organized movement among Protestants to off- 
set the united strength of Catholicism which is the 
worst religious threat this country has. I have seen 
what it has done in other countries. Our people 
didn't like Russia or England any too well either, 
but they did team up with them to fight a war 
against a madman. The fact that the Church of the 
Brethren is in the Federal Council is of small con- 
cern to me. If I intended to join them I'd probably 
have a far greater interest in it. I can't see, how- 
ever, why I should not help feed starving and illiter- 
ate people because the Church of the Brethren be- 
longs to the Federal Council. 

On that basis of reasoning neither should I help 
anything that any of the 25 denominations who be- 
long to the Federal Council are helping. Neither 
then should I lend my influence or help to any of 

the vast Christian agencies in which any of these 
denominations who belong to the Federal Council 
are interested. I believe none of us would carry this 
argument very far. For if we did, we would be 
against Christian colleges, publishing houses, mis- 
sion work and would thus be almost anti-protestant, 
Again however we may say that if we were going 
to join with a denomination that is joined to the 
Federal Council or if we v/ere going to directly join 
the Federal Council itself, we would and should be- 
come far more familiar with it. Or if the Federal 
Council sponsored the Church of the Brethren and 
the works of mercy that they are supporting, or 
even supervised them, we should then be more con- ^:, 


Now let us be practical long enough to face a 
worse problem than the "fear" of the Church of the 
Brethren : 

A young man confronted us not long ago with the 
fact that he wants to do mission work and give his 
life to Jesus Christ for that — but not in South Amer- 
ica. Shall we therefore tell him to take his member- 
ship out of our denomination and join one that is 
doing mission work where he wants to ? Thus we will 
lose him altogether. 

A young lady not long ago wanted to give her life 
to foreign missions but not in South America. Should 
she therefore be discouraged because we have no for- 
eign mission work where she wants to give her life ? 

A young man recently spent hours with us fac- 
ing the problem that he didn't want to be a sermon- 
preacher but that he wanted to really do something 
with his life for God in a foreign country. Should we 
tell him to forget it all, or find a place for him? We 
haven't such a place in our work. 

A young lady recently wrote us that she is in^* 
Nurses' training and is giving her life to God for 
medical missions. We haven't any medical missions, 
so if we do not cooperate with those who have, we 
should send her to them altogether. 

Now in these cases, and many others like them, 
would it not be more sensible to have a share in such 
projects already in existence so that these young 
folks could go labor for the Lord and still be ours? 
They could then contribute to our literature, to our 
own interest in the work of the Kingdom in its 
larger accomplishments, and be ours while they are 
doing it. Must we turn them out simply because 
their vision is larger than we can accommodate? 
Must we dispute the Holy Spirit's leading and con- 
fess that we have no interest in His ministries else- 
where when He even calls our young people to them? 

JANUARY 20, 1945 


How much better to have a vital interest and share 
in all of these things and then welcome and send our 
young people to them to help in the Master's and 
in our name. 

Through the gracious and unselfish spirit of the 
Church of the Brethren we have been invited to 
share in their work where we want to, and to use 
their agencies and to help each other where we thus 
can, losing nothing to either denomination, but per- 
mitting both to gain. 


In reality the larger problem is this : can we as a 
small denomination answer Jesus Christ's Great 
Commission to go into all of the world and preach 
the Gospel if we do NOT cooperate? And can we 
live as a denomination of Christian churches with 
the heart of the Gospel message, missions, almost 
untouched because we are too exclusive to cooperate 
with people whom God Almighty has blessed and 
through whom he is right now blessing thousands 
with sweet heaven-sent relief from horrible agony 
and pain and even starvation? And more, can we 
ever hope to retain our young men and women, and 
challenge others to our business in the world, and 
to our Gospel ministiy if we have nothing to offer 
for their spirit-called ministries? The Holy Spirit 
separates men and women unto the work of missions. 
Shall we send them to Antioch or argue that they 
should stay in Jerusalem? Or shall we argue that 
since they did not happen to be called to Argentina 
that they should not go at all? Jonah once learned 

that even if he didn't like Nineveh, God did. And a 
Macedonian vision also enlarged some other people's 
plans long, long ago. 


It is remarkable how Brethren people have re- 
sponded additionally to these larger fields of service. 
The inquiries and checks that come to our office for 
China, and for Relief and for the help of the very 
things which this larger scope of the Kingdom's 
work includes, indicate that we would just be the 
losers if we did not appeal to them. Many of our 
people have a yearning to help in many of these 
places. They are not satisfied to have only one an-. 
swer to the challenge of the Gospel and the needs of 
the hurt world of men. We deeply appreciate the 
great response our denomination has given to the 
larger challenges that have come to us in the last 
few years. We also know already from experience 
that our interest in these new fields of service has 
made an increasing challenge to our young people 
for Kingdom service. In other words a number 
have been attracted to serve the Lord through our 
church whom we would have otherwise have lost. 
But pray for the guidance of the Lord in the future 
of our service and missionary work. These matters 
to be handled correctly need Divine guidance. Only 
God knows the future and what should be best done 
to serve it. 

• • • 

God's Dream 

"The man's a dreamer!" Good! That places him 
In close relationship with God. For down 
In the most luretched quarter of toivn 

God stands and dreams His dream; amid the grim, 

Ensanguined battle wreckage; in the dim 
Cold twilights where old superstitions froivn; 
And where the mutterings of race hatred droivn 

The Sacred cadences of Love's fond hymn. 

Today I met him on an uptoivn street 
Calling for dreamers, — pleading in the heat 
Of holy passion for more dream-swept hearts 
To hold in all the ivorld's discordant parts 
The Torch of Brotherhood, that its Love-gleam 
Might speed the progress of H's gracious Dream! 

— William N. Burr. 



e c u r i t y 

Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 

Is this thing safe ? Where can I find security ? Is there 
anything that can outlast the forces of destruction ? These 
and other questions lilce them are being asked by almost 
everyone, everywhereu They are becoming all the more burn- 
ing and pressing now that all around us the things we once 
thought were secure are giving way. The sure confidence of 
another day is gone, with the falling of a million bombs, and 
the old expression "safe as land and property" does not mean 
very much any more. 

To begin with, we may have made a mistake by putting 
too much emphasis on security. After all, there ne.ver has 
been very much security in the world. The hazards of life 
itself liave always been large. Existence itself for the most 
part has been precarious. Life never has had many guaran- 
tees. But in our generation through the development of mod- 
ern science, the struggle of life has been eased somewhat, 
even if it did not guarantee existence. The automobile has 
brought a certain amount of satisfaction, even though an- 
nually it costs us the lives of humans equal in number to 
the population of an average American city. Mass production 
has similarly brought a sense of security tlirough the in- 
creased use of gadgets, even though it has cost us millions 
of maimings annually and the stifling of human personality 
through the monotony of routine activity. It is a big price 
we have been paying for this sense of security and well be- 
ing. But we have considered it worthwhile. We have counted 
its cost the inevitable price of progress. We were satisfied 
with the bargain. But now almost suddenly, there is a new 
questioning, a new sense of insecurity. If the roof oveAead 
can be blasted at random and if what was a lovely rose gar- 
den yesterday, is to become a gaping and yawning crater to- 
day, then where is man's security ? And now unexpectedly 
with the appearance of the robot bomb, is there anyone, any- 
where who can again have a sense of security ? The question- 
ing runs deep and doubt increases momentarilty. "Whither 
shall we flee? . ■ 

For the moment at least, our thought of security is influ- 
enced almost entirely by the fact of human cruelty; man's 
inhumanity to man. This is as it should be, because it is, 
to say the least, not necessary. Life was hard enough without 
this wanton cruelty. Though always operating within the 
compass of law, nature is inexorable. All the goodness of the 
universe will not keep you from pain when you run into a 
buzz saw. Man has come a l'on§ way in the mastery of his 
environment, but he has not yet mastered floods, storms and 
earthquakes. It is also presumable that he never will. To a 
degree, therefore, security as such has its natural limitations. 

When our boys say that they are fighting for security, 
they are making no boast of any ability to harness nature 
to the last degree, or to be able to change the forces of grav- 
ity of solar attractions, etc. They are simply saying that the 
forces of inhumanity and wantonness shall never again be 
permitted to be loosed against innocent or helpless people in 

the world. It is bad enough for them to be the, potential vic- 
tims of natural forces. It is no longer necessary to permit 
them also to be the victims of human cruelty. That is a part 
of the war aim. We are glad in spite of the awful cost through 
war that it finally came. How shameful the years of appease- 
ment when we saw humanity literally uprooted. How could 
we ever again have had any self-respect after consenting to 
the invasion of Manchuria, the raping of Ethiopia and the 
ruthless butchery and persecution of Jews in almost every 
land. Always these needless outrages come to the weakest 
and the, most helpless, and life did not mean enough to us 
to stop it, until at last it came home to us on American soil 
at Pearl Harbor. At last the challenge was accepted in that 
strange paradox where we are taking life to save it. It is a 
horrible business, but conscience should rest easier now than 
in the days of appeasement. Mine does. This thing should 
never happen again, but a victory on the battlefield alone 
will not guarantee that. This is a struggle that knows no 
armistice, because it is a sti'Uggle in the human heart, and 
war itself cannot cure it. A military victory can only give 
us the opportunity to guarantee it to future generations. 

Personally, I think that most of the boys in the armed 
forces are fighting without bitterness or hate against anyone 
and they will likely return with a high regard for the safety 
and security of all peoples every^vhere. But is this true at 
home? What shall we say of race conflicts? industrial strife; 
and the treatment of minorities at home ? It does not sound 


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very consistent to wage war against Hitler because of what 
he has done to Jews and permit anti-Semitism to go on ram- 
pant at home. It sounds too much like hypocrisy to fight for 
the oppressed elsewhere in the world but to continue the 
oppression of similar groups at home. It is merely foolish to 
say that you are in favor of a free Abyssinia, but you will 
do nothing for equal rights for the negro at home. We may 
have, to prove our sincerity on the home front to convince 
our men in the service that we really believe in security as 
one of the major war aims. 

Judged by the elements of unrest it is doubtful whether 
the outlook for security has ever been less than it is now on 
the home front. What about the race problem? What about 
religious intolerance? These things have certainly grown in 
scope and magnitude since the boys began to fight for se- 
curity around the world. Never in my life have I been so 
fearful of so many things that could happen, and are hap- 
pening, as now. The race riot in Detroit is only a forerunner 
of what will happen in every American city if we do not 
find a solution for race conflict at home. 

JANUARY 20, 1945 


It is the purpose of these articles however, to show that 
the meaning of each of our war aims runs deeper than the 
superficial definition we have given to them. It is likewise 
the aim to show that the deeper meaning has a spiritual 
meaning and interpretation. For that reason there is a defi- 
nite limit to what physical and human agencies can accom- 
plish. To win the war is a matter of utmost importance, but 
victory on the battlefield alone will not guarantee security. 
That again is a task that involves every resource on the 
home front. 

There is still another, albeit important area where secur- 
ity has not yet been achieved. I am thinking of those dis- 
eases that still defy the intelligence of man to control. 
Cancer is greatly on the increase, with neither the sign of a 
cure or abatement. Heart disease and sudden death steadily 
mcreasing. Traffic hazards and accidents of all kinds con- 
stantly increasing. For years the railroads boasted of not 
losing a life in their network of operation. Today with road- 
beds and running stock wearing out faster than our ability 
to repair them, railroad accidents that take their toll by the 
scores is an almost weekly occurrence. With worn-out tires 
and automobiles and drunken drivers on our highways, who 
can have any sense of security riding in an automobile, and 
what day is it when some bomber does not crash in the home- 

Security, however much we may desire it, will never come 
in the form in which most people want it. There may be 
"Sanctuaries" for birds but not yet for humans. We desire 
that life shall become more liveable, but security is still a 
far-off dream. Victory on the battlefront will give us the 
opportunity on the home front to gain it in a deeper and 
more abiding reality. It may be that the world will yet be- 
lieve the preacher who all the time has said "There, is no se- 
curity except in God." 

The genuine remedy for despair is simple faith in Almighty 
God — a determined conviction that whether we. suffer because 
of our own sin and folly or that of someone else, God is 
still able when we want Him to, to snatch good for us from 
it. He permits us to engage in our folly, but the minute we 
ask Him to do so He will help us to build again and to build 
more securely. All this rests deep in faith. Indeed, except in 
the faith of the eternal purposes of God, there is no hope 
in the world. Twice in the lifetime of a living adult have we 
seen the collapse of our dreams of a warless world. Our hope 
that a League of Nations or other agencies designed to bring 
about world union and security, have collapsed like a pricked 
balloon. Not all of us have lost our dream of a better world, 
but we no longer hold to the facile and now futile belief 
that it will come by itself. We do not even believe any more 
as we once did, that it can com© through man's effort alone. 
It will happen; it will come when we are ready not only 
to believe but to act upon the conviction that when in our 
individual lives we furnish the ground, God will furnish the 
power to achieve it. 

The whole world is amazed at the Christian's calmness and 
composure in times of trouble, but that is because the World 
does not understand the inner resources the Christian has, 

nor how he rides upon the storm. In all the world nothing 
is so desperately desired as security and in all the world 
nothing is more certain than that we can have it only through 
Jesus Christ. So then again we reach the one and only con- 
clusion "What the whole world wants, only Christ can give." 
This chapter should not be closed without a note of caution 
and warning. Strange docti'ines of security are taught these 
days. We have been saying that our only security is in God. 
That is eternally true, but that security is not guaranteed 
without the contribution of man to that end. We are saved 
by Grace, but only with the grace accepted and made effec- 
tive in our lives and conduct. "By their fruits ye shall know 
them." God's grace is not operative in the lives of those who 
fail to evidence it in love and conduct. No theology could be 
more comfortable, to a carnal ftiinded person' than to believe 
that once in grace, regardless of conduct after that, one al- 
ways remains in grace. Based upon this fallacy some of the 
most immoral and unchristian conduct is known today. Just 
as a constant development and surveillance is necessary to 
keep what may seem like an impregnable fortress from fall, 
so we need to be concerned daily about that grace in which 
we claim our security. The doctrine, of "Eternal Security" 
may be a comfortable cult for a little while, but those who 
are deceived and deluded by it have, less real security than 
anyone else in the world. To have one's anchors and moor- 
ings destroyed by contrast would be almost painless in the 


Though battles rage, and foes oppress. 
And Satan's darts be hurled, 

Above the very real distress 
That haunt a stricken world 

I lift my head. Though shoulders bend 
Beneath the chastening rod. 

Secure I'll walk unto the end — 
For I remember God. 

And even though the flesh should fail. 

And faint this heart should grow 
When fears confound, and doubts assail. 

Still am I safe, I know — 
As safe when floundering in the clods 

As clothed with dignity — 
For I am Christ's, and Christ is God's, 
And God remembers me. 

Helen Freezu Bruer. 
Prayer — Gracious God our security and our strength. 
Though all around us change and decay work their devasta- 
tions we know that Thou art unchanging and eternal. Even 
in the fact of ravages and destruction we continue unafraid 
because we know Thou art God. Bombs may fall and ruin 
engulf us, yet will we not be dismayed, for Thou art from 
everlasting to everlasting. Yes, even death may overtake us, 
but death has no sting, for Thou art immortal and therefore 
we too shall outlive death and the grave. "Safe in the anns 
of Jesus" that is the sense of security Thou dost grant us. 

Religion is a walking, not a talking concern. — C. Oliphant. 

Stewardship is building a sei-vice station on your lot in life, whatever 
that lot may be. 



A Letter From Dr. Bosler 


The New Paris Church gave $27ftO to- 
wards this worli. Dr. Bosler is a med- 
ical missionary. Besides the hospjtal 
here there is a leper colony. 

Church of the Brethren Mission 
Garkida, via Jos & Damaturu 
Nigeria, West Africa 
November 6, 1944. 

Dear Martins: 

We have now been in Garkida just three months and have 
written to nobody in America except one letter to the Stude- 
bakers and several to Esther Gene. This is not unusual at 
all for me however, for I do very little writing whether in 
America or in Africa. I believe that most people that want 
a letter from me will get an answer if they write me first. 
I wish they would try it at least. Edith received her birth- 
day greetings from Mrs. Martin and from Mrs. Galen White- 
head. Just one other letter has arrived and that was from 
Mrs. Dale Coppert. I'm not including letters from Lydia Mae 
and our family and Studebakers. We rather expect them to 
write — Ha. I believe the chief reason that I have not written 
more since our arrival is that it is just too hot. Ever since 
we came we liave just really suffered with the hot African 
weather. At the present time the perspiration is dripping 
off my elbows. When it is that hot I am too lazy and mentally 
inactive to write anything that would be interesting to any- 
body else. I wrote a report of our trip on the way out, but 
I'm quite sure that it could not get through the censors since 
" there are so many places mentioned. Therefore that cannot 
be sent to you before the war is over I suppose. 

We have the only radio that is working in Garkida. It was 
left by the Studebakers for our use. It certainly is a great 
joy to us. Last week we heard that there was 12 inches of 
snow in North Dakota. As we sat flooded in perspiration the 
news gave us a faint cold chill to be able to think of it 
at least. We get the world news daily from London and at 
8 in the evening we get news from America that comes in 
real well. I heard all of the world series games except the 
first one. The games started at 7:45 in the evening here. The 
Saturday afternoon football games come on here at about 8 
P. M. I have heard but one since I am not so interested in 

It has been 9 months now since we sent our boxes, that 
we packed in New Paris, to Montgomery Ward & Co. in 
Chicago. We have not heard from them yet. As you know we 
came by air and each of us had but one piece of baggage 
because of the limit on the planes. We are living with the 
things that we packed away in boxes when we left here 
in 1939. We have be^n most fortunate that we packed them 
away. My socks, shirts, and trousers are patched. Our dishes 
are cracked. Towels have holes in them. Our food to a great 
extent is what can be secured in the country. Yet we are. 
not complaining. We just want to assure you that there is 
going to be a happy day when our freight arrives. Certainly 
we will breathe a prayer for all our friends that so kindly 

assisted us in our preparations and especially the Smoker 
Lumber Co. for doing the big job of boxing and packing 
the baggage. Edith, of course, is thinking of all the nice 
things she will be able to use in our home.. But I especially 
am waiting for my Moto-Scooter to get around in the Mis- 
sion to do the medical work at the hospital and the Garkida 
Leper Colony. Then I have done lots of planning on how I am 
going to use the Johnson Seahorse Outboard Motor that I 
secured from Bob. I made a medical trip this last week that 
if I had been able to have it along with me I could have 
gone the last 40 miles on the river. Certainly both of them ^Tv 
are going to save lots of time and energy, especially the ^-• 
moto-scooter. I will be writing Galen Whitehead concerning 
its condition when it gets here, since he packed the moto- 
scooter. If everything should arrive here for Christmas it 
certainly would give us some very pleasant expei'iences open- 
ing all of our boxes. It doesn't do any damage to hope for 
such things at least. I just stopped and ate an orange. I cut 
the .rind with a knife that has printed on the side "Martin's 
Yeast Foam Feeds." We have all the fruit that We can use 
in each season. At present we have an abundance of Gwqvas. 
Also are getting grapefruit and oranges in smaller quanti- 
ties. Sweet corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and beans are in 
abundance in our gardens now. Milk, beef, chickens, eggs 
and peanuts are plentiful and can be secured from the Af- 
ricans. However, all such products are about twice what the 
price was when we left here before the war. 

As I have already stated, the weather here has been most 
difficult for us since our arrival. We have been so lacking in 
energy that at times weak. One soon finds here that ener- 
gy is lacking to do the same amount of work that one can 
do in America. Then since we are working in a world that 
is in need of at least three or more doctors, we are called 
upon to do more than we would do normally. I have been in 
Marama doing medical work three times since I arrived here. 
Marama is 40 miles west and the medical work there is in 
the charge of Miss Ruth Utz. We have no medical work that 
is run more systematically and orderly than the work that 
Miss Utz supervises. Her helpers like her to a point of near 
devotion. Everything is kept as clean and well cared for as W^ 
is possible. She works very hard and spends many nights up 
with no sleep when it is necessary to care for seriously ill 
Africans. I'm reporting this to you folks since you know 
her so well. She needs your prayers. She is alone in the work 
at Marama at present since missionaries are so few these 
days. It is certainly bad that our mission workers are so few. 
We run almost on what may be called skeleton crews. 

Last week I was 140 miles south doing medical work. Next 
week Stover Kulp has asked that I make the trip to Lassa 
for a week of medical work. It is 110 iniles over bad roads. 
They have not had a doctor visit their medical work there 
since Dr. Studebaker left here last March. Lassa as you may 
recall is where Dr. Homer Burke started and developed a 
great medical work in a large hospital. Since Burkes left 
they have been without a doctor and Grayce Brumbaugh is 
carrying on the medical work without a doctor to help. 

JANUARY 20, 1945 


A few weeks ago Rev. Ira Petre became sick at Chibuk, 
which is 50 miles from here. The roads were washed out and 
the grass was very high. I started out on a bicycle in the 
early morning. The wet grass soaked me everywhere except 
under my hat. I came to streams that I waded through with - 
my shoes on because of the sharp rocks in the stream beds. 
There was mud in places to push the bicycle through. To- 
wards noon the sun baked me dry and made hot going. At 
about 42 miles I gave out and could not push the bicycle 
through the grass the rest of the way. I hired a horse of 
an African and rode on into Chibuk in the late evening. I 
stayed the next day and was able to make Rev. Petre more 
comfortable. The following day I started home through the 
grass that was many places as high as my head and on a 
crooked African Bush Path. It rained most of the day and 
I trudged on until 20 miles from home where I left my bi- 
cycle in an African Compound and rode a horse into Garkida, 
arriving late at night. Such is Africa in medical mission 
work. I have missed the Chrysler I used to drive in New 
Paris. I'm giving you the above detail to let you see why 
it has been rather difficult to adjust ourselves to our work 
here. We had become America spoiled. The well organized 
Goshen Hospital with all the nurses and doctors to assist 
me in caring for my cases that were needed had a tendency 
to make me unable to be happy in such a big work here. 
The work is so extensive that I feel that I am messing it all 
up instead of doing it in a systematic way and caring for 
the cases in a sciejitific way as we do in America. Stepping 
back a few centuries into African methods of doing medical 
work is difficult. After a few generations the work will not 
be so discouraging as now among the pagans. 

• • 

One week later. 
Just returned from our medical trip to Lassa. Miss Wirth, 
R. N., went along to see Lassa Medical work for the first 
time. She will probably relieve Miss Grayce Brumbaugh when 
she goes to America soon. Miss Brumbaugh has been at Lassa 
for seven years without a rest. The war has necessitated 
having some of our workers stay longer periods of time. The 
road was much better part of the time than I had expected. 
Yet all of the way. we were on characteristic African roads. 
The last 27 miles toward Lassa was no road at all. The tall 
grass had been cut and some of the deepest ditches had been 
filled in preparation of the road for our trip. It took us IVz 
hours to go the 110 miles. Such roads are very hard on cars. 
At one place we Tiad Africans pulling on ropes and a chain 
and several of them pushing behind to get us out of one of 
the ditches. 

Of the many cases that were treated while we were at the 
Lassa hospital I think that one of them may be most appre- 
ciative. She had suffered from trachoma of the eye lids for 
years. Scar tissues had caused the eyelashes to turn in and 
brush over the eye ball. We operated on both her lids and 
turned them out so that the eye balls would be free from 
irritation. She would have soon lost the sight in botli of her 
eyes had this not been done for her. It is a joy to be able 
to minister to such cases that have no other means of get- 
ting relief from their continuous prolonged suffering. Also 
while we were in Lassa a boy about thirteen years old fell 
and broke the bone in his thigh. It would have been a dif- 
ficult case for a nurse to care for without a doctor's help. 
Lassa needs a doctor so badly. Lassa is in a very densely 
populated area and medical cases by the hundreds do not 
have the services of a doctor. 

The medical work at Garkida is very heavy with both the 
Leper Colony and the Ruth Royer Kulp Memorial Hospital 
to care for. Both places have grown since I left here in 1939. 
Not only has the hospital grown in size but it has improved 
in its service. Dr. Studebaker has the hospital so organized 
that patients get the best of medical care and services that 
I have ever seen in our mission in the past. The African staff 
of nurses and dispensers that assist Miss Horn in caring for 
the patients are more advanced in their Christian living and 
are able to radiate a Christ-like atmosphere in all the work 
that they do to a greater extent than ever before. Surely the 
patients that come to our hospital are impressed that Christ's 
Love is doing a great service to them in our Mission medical 
work. Surgical cases are many and most all the time there 
are cases waiting to be operated on. Since most of the cases 
are chronic in nature they are able to await the day that 
the doctor has time to do the necessary surgery. 

Recently a man with a large hernia came^ to the hospital. 
Since the hernia had not been reduced for a period of thir- 
teen years I told him that I was unable to operate a case 
of his type. With great drops of perspiration coming over 
his entire body he pleaded that I opexate him. I told him 
that if I did he would surely die. He said that he would 
rathea- die than live as he was. Also that if God wanted him 
to live he would live if I did my best. The hernia was about 
two gallon in size,. He was a very strong man and seemed to 
be more healthy than the average African. After a complete 
examination we found that there was nothing else the matter 
with him that might weaken his system. So I agreed that 
1 would attempt the operation. I postponed the operation for 
ten days getting the case in the best of condition. Mean- 
while I was reading, thinking and prajdng that I could figure 
out a way to do it. On the great day we gave him spinal 
anaesthesia and then dissected all things loose and tried to 
put his intestinal machinery back into his abdomen. They just 
wouldn't go. His abdomen had shrunk in capacity. So I cut 
an incision down his middle and reached in and pulled each 
link of sausage through the herial opening one by one until 
I had them all piled high on the outside of his abdomen, 
making it look much like a meat market. Then I had the 
assistant keep the hole closed while I attempted to find 
enoug'h space for his essential parts. By elevating his feet 
and lowering his head, we were able to bulge up the dia- 
phragm sufficiently to close the abdomen with all parts in- 
cluded. The next day he was sick. The second day he was 
sicker and the third day he was unconscious and his abdomen 
was as tight as a di-um. When I was in Indiana University 
they taught me that as long as the patient was living one 
should keep operating. So I opejied him again and put in a 
rubber drain. He deflated and proceeded at once to improve. 
He is now walking about with liis strength returning. He 
will go home within the next week or so with all incisions 
healed. It was quite an adventure for me. I have never heard 
of a case being operated with this method. I had sent a sim- 
ilar case home a few weeks before this case came in the hos- 
pital that was suffering in the same way, I am going to in- 
vite him back and try and do him better than I did this one. 
If I can learn to do them I will surely be able to relieve a 
large group of cases that 1 have not been able to help in 
the past. 1 repeat that Africa is in need of more doctors. 
Surely nurses and doctors should adventure out into the work 
for Christ and His Church. I'm not sorry that I returned to 
Nigeria. Some days, however, my morale is at a very low 
tide because of the many things that I just do not have the 
time and energy to do. 




The Garkida Leper Colony is becoming an immense insti- 
tution. During the first six months of 1944 there were 1012 
lepers under treatment. It would be only after you have vis- 
ited the Leper Colony that you could imagine how much med- 
ical work is needed to care, properly for 1,000 lepers. In the 
past my years in Africa have all been spent in the develop- 
ing and improving the care for the lepers in the Garkida 
Lepei' Colony. After a few years in America where I did my 
best to give my cases adequate medical care, it is most dis- 
couraging to have hundreds that are not getting the care 
they should have because there is insufficient staff to care 
for them. If you think you would like it I wish you were 
here to try it. That has been the one greatest thing that has 
made me quite, unhappy since my arrival in the work at Gar- 
kida. None of us are in favor of discontinuing leper work for 
there are thousands of lepers in this area that are still not 
in our colony. These leper cases, if we can care for them, 
can be saved from a life of suffering and mutilation and at 
the same time become active workers in taking Christ to 
their pagan communities whein they return to their homes. 
The Garkida Leper Colony has a church with the greatest 
membership of any of the churches in our mission. 

This letter is getting too long to be going by air so will 
close by making a request that all of you pray for the work 
that we may truly interpret Christ to these people not only 
medically, but educationally and in Bible study and Christian 

I hope that my friends about New Paris remember that 
we are isolated out here, even though I did hear Notre Dame 
and the Army play football last evening. The game started 
at 7 P. M. here. I listened to the first half and by that time 
the Army was so far ahead of Notre. Dame that I wasn't in- 
terested. We do get a lot of joy out of hearing from all the 
people we know in New Paris. (It seems that the further 
away I get from all of you the better I like you). Maybe 
that is one of the reasons that I have been wanting to return 
to New Paris. We appreciate all the very kind things you 
folks did for us in the community and in the churches of 
New Paris. 

I haven't the time to write to as many as I would like to. 
So, though I am writing this to the Martins, I hope the 
Wards, the Smokers, Reynolds, Evans, Mocks, Brubakers, 
Mishlers, and a hundred others may read it if you think 
they would be interested. 

Faithfully yours, 
. . . Howard A. Bosler. 

M}! Job 



They have burned to Thee many tapers in 

many temples: 
I burn to Thee the taper of my heart. 
They have sought Thee at many altars, 

they have carried lights to find Thee : 
I find Thee in the white fire of my heart. 
— Jessie E. Sampter. 

But, God, it won't come right! It won't come right! 

I've worked it over till my brain is numb. 

The first flash came so bright, 

Then more ideas after it — flash! flash! I thought it some 

new constellation men would wonder at. 
Perhaps it's jiist a fire,work — flash! flash! Fizz! spat! 
Then darker darkness and scorched pasteboard and sour 


But, God, the thought was great. 

The scheme, the dream — why, till the first shock broke 

The thing just built itself while I, elated 

Laughed and admired it. Then it stuck. 

Half done — the lesser half, worse luck! 

You see it's dead as yet — a frame, a body, and a heart, 

The soul, — the fire.y vital part 

To give it life is what I cannot get. I've tried. 

You know it! Tried to snatch life fire. 

And pawed cold ashes! Every spark has died. 

It won't come right. I'd drop the thing entire 

Only — I can't! I love my job. 

You, who ride the thunder — 

Do you know what it is to dream and drudge and throb ? 

I wonder. 

Did it come at you with a rush, your dream, your plan? 

If so, I know how you began. 

Yes, with rapt face and sparkling eyes, 

Swinging the hot globe out between the skies. 

Marking the new seas with their white beach lines, 

Sketching the sun and moon, the lightning, and the rains, 

Sowing the hills with pines, 

Wreathing a rim of purple round the plains! 

I know you laughed then, as you caught and wrought 

The first swift, rapturous outlines of your thought. 

And then — ; 


I see it now. 

Oh, God, forgive my pe.ttish row! 

I see your job. While ages crawl! 

Your lips take laboring lines, your eyes a sadder light, 

For man, the fire and flower and center of it all — 

Man won't come right! 

After your patient centuries. 

Fresh starts, recastings, tired Gethsemane 

And tense Golgotha, he, your central theme. 

Is just a jangling echo of your dream. 

Grand as the rest may be, he ruins it. 

Why don't you quit? 

Crumple it all and dream again! But no! 
Flaw after flaw, you work it out, revise, refine — 
Bondage, brutality and war and woe, 
The sot, the fool, the tyrant and the mob- 
Dear God, how You must love Your job! 
Help me, as I love mine.— Badger Clark. 

JANUARY 20, 1945 




What may I bring, Oh Lord of Host 
From all the things I prize the most?— 
I have no diadem to bring; 
No dulcet anthem can I sing; 
No' alabaster cruze have I ; 
There seems no need I can supply. 
I have no jewels or trophies rare; 
What else is there that I can share? 

What have I for altar fire 
And yet be aught Thou wouldst desire ?- 
My life Thy kingdom then shall be ; 
My heart Thy throne that all may see ; 
My will — and though it seemeth small, 
Thou knowest Lord, it is my all. 
So coming, not in man's device, 
But coming thus, will these suffice? 

Though gifts all grand I may not bring, 
Yet I have learned this simple thing — 
No residue of things I prize 
Will gain the favor of His eyes. 

Evangelist 1934 

Arthur R. Baer. 

I met him today in the wint'ry street, 
The Christ on the cross who died, 
All hungry and cold in the wind and sleet, 
With bleeding forehead, and hands and feet. 
And I blindly thrust him aside. 

Had he only come with crown of thorn, 

Or the hand-print's ruby-red — 
Had the palms that pleaded for alms but worn 
Their wounds, I had not put by in scorn 

His piteous plea for bread. 

But idly now and all in vain 

I grieve for the grace gone by, 
And muse, might he only come again 
I'd pity his plea and ease his pain. 

And harken unto his cry. 

Nay, nay, for the blind distinguisheth 
The kind with his robe and crown ; 

But only the humble eye of faith ■ ■ 

Beholdeth Jesus of Nazareth 
In the beggar's tattered gown. 

I saw him not in the mendicant. 

And I heeded not his cry ; 
Now Christ in his infinite mercy grant 
That the pray'r I say in my day of want 

Be not in scorn put by. 


To talk with God, 
No breath is lost — 
Talk on! 

To walk \<'ith God, 
No strength is lost — 
Walk on! 

To wait on God, 
No time is lost — 
Wait on! 

Dnyanodaya (Indian poet) 




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Topic for January 28, 1945 


Scripture: Isa. 6:8; James 2:14-20 

For The Leader 

In the passing of years, leaders of our churches are "re- 
tired" from service. That is, they are called home to their 
reward. We feel oftentimes that wheji outstanding leaders 
are called by death that the church will suffer loss that can 
never be regained. In a great sense this is true, for a real 
leader in a church is very hard to replace, both from the 
standpoint of leadership ability and experience. In this mo- 
ment we pay tribute to our own church leaders and sup- 
porters. The passing years warn us that we need to look 
for new leaders. These shall come from our youth groups. 
Yes, we are the ones who shall assume the leadership and 
support of our churches very shortly. How important, then, 
that we have a willing heart, a consecrated .spirit and a 
pure mind, in a body that is dedicated to the service of Christ. 
The Church needs such young people. 


person to do the very best he or she can for the Lord, that 
one must have a willing heart. Very few things grieve the 
heart of a pastor quite as much as workers in the church 
who do their tasks as a matter of duty rather than service. 
Yet too much this is the case. A task, be it playing, sing- 
ing, ushering, teaching or anything else is ten times more 
helpful to the service if done willingly with a heart of love. 
A layman or young person, with a willing heart, will move 
a church forward ten times faster than a pastor who has to 
work with a group of "duty" performers. 

Consider then how much your willingness to work will 
mean to your pastor and others. Overcome hatreds, jealousies, 
and serve to the best of your ability. Isaiah tells of the 
Lord seeking a worker for a specific task. Apparently - the 
shortage of willing workers was just as bad then as now. 
The Lord said, "Who will go for us?" Isaiah says, "Hers am 
1, send me." Can anything be more to the point? He, had 
a willing heart. Do we ? 

crated spirit is one which is fully given over to Christ. It 
makes every labor of the Lord a pleasure. When we play, 
sing, usher, teach, or do otherwise in the church, we will 
take great joy in doing it. We will look forward to the times 
when we, can so serve our Lord. Consecration puts Christ 
first; it leaves the world outside. 

"If thou, then wouldst have thy soul filled with the fire of 
God, so that those who come near to thee shall feel some 
mysterious help flowing out from thee, thou must draw near 
to the source of that fire, to the throne of God and of the 
Lamb, and shut thyself out from the world — that cold world 
which so swiftly steals our fire away. Enter thy closet, and 
shut the door, and there alone 'before the throne', await the 
baptism; then the fire shall fill thee, and when thou comest 
forth, holy power will attend thee, and thou shalt labor, not 
in thine own strength, but 'with the power of the Spirit, and 

with help from above.' " Thus a consecrated life serves with 
the power which comes from a closer walk with God. 

3. WE MUST HAVE A PURE MIND. To live the highest " 
and cleanest life today we must keep our mind pure. This 

is a difficult job today, and one which will demand the full- 
est cooperation on our part, plus the continual help from 
God. The world around us is seething with filth. Yes, filth 
m talk, pictures, acts and deeds. It is not hard at all to let 
our mind dip into the mass and take up some of it ourselves. 
Evil thoughts will come to mind in spite of the very best 
control we can put over it. But we do not have to let them 

There are some, things we can do to help. It is hard for 
us to picture a person who talks filth, smut, and off color 
things as serving in an important church position. These 
things do not fi^ in with the pureness of Christ. Thus we m 
should ever heed the temptations to be a party to such. To V , 
help us in this constant battle we can avoid company with 
"filthy talkers." We can consider it an offense when one of 
our group tells a dirty story, or suggests the reading of cer- 
tain literature. We can avoid the magazines which carry the 
filth. For, a continued dwelling among these things will drag 
our mind down to the place where we won't desire to keep 
it pure. To serve Christ, "Keep thyself pure." 

that our body, or house in which we live, goes just where we 
want it to go ? It does what we want it to do. We do to it 
what we want to do to it. The mind and heart control the 
body. For instance, a certain young person was growing up 
in normal life, interested in Sunday School, but perhaps a 
little more interested in the things of the world. Somewhere 
along the line someone said a good word to the person, and 
that one became a different youth. The church and its work 
became that person's life. This was brought about because 
the, person was changed in mind and heart. 

The body follows along. But we must respect this body if 
our life is to count for Christ. We must give it plenty of 
nourishing things to eat. We must give it plenty of rest and 
exercise. We must not mistreat it in any way. We must be 
careful to keep it from going places a Christian should not 
go. We must have respect for our body, to keep it free from 
the sins of the day. Each day we must pray to God for 
strength to overcome sin's temptations, for Satan's quick 
way of destr6ying the usefulness of a young person is to 
destroy the body, its reputation, its health, or its ability. 


may profess to be a Christian, attending church, etc. We may ^ 
tell others that we are Christian. But the highest test is that ^^ 
of seiwice. If you want to prove to the world that you are a 
Christian, then serve Christ. Faith without works is dead. 
We can show our faith by serving Christ. A young person 
who faithfully serves Christ is a far better example of Chris- 
tianity than one who goes around all the time trying to tell 
people why they are "Christian." A young person who has 
a vdlling heart, a consecrated spirit, a pure mind, and a 
dedicated body, is the highest proof of our religion. It is the 
kind of a young person the church needs today. Are you that 
kind of a young person ? 


1. Name ten Brethren men of the last 30 years who can 
be considered as the-most outstanding leaders of our Church. 
(Send your list to the T. E.) If you do this, we can compile 
a list of those who are considered the great leaders of our 

2. Why should we keep our mind pure? Is it possible to 
keep our mind completely pure? 

JANUARY 20, 1945 


3. What action should a young Christian take if in a group 
and another person begins telling "off color" stories? 

4. What is the most important thing or task a young per- 
son can do in the church today? 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 


1 John 3:1 

"Behold what manner of love!" implies amazement (Matt. 
8:27; Luke 1:29; 2 Pet. 3:11). "Behold" and see the KIND 
and QUALITY of the love which God has given to us "that 
we should be called the children of God." Let us in Prayer 
Meeting meditate upon the love of the Divine Father as 
shown to us in this text. 

Here is love in action. It is righteousness and benevolence 
acting harmoniously. Righteousness and benevolence should 
never be separated. "Benevolence is the beauty of righteous- 
ness." It is also the strength of righteousness. Here we have 
love's origin — "the Father." This self-kindled, self-sustaining 
love springs spontaneously from the Father's great heart of 
righteousness. The object of this love is "Us." Such good- 
ness should bring us to repentance. The mai-vel of marvels is 
that the All-pure One could ever love us and seek through 
that love to purge us from our guilt. This love as well as 
its gifts is free (Hosea 14:4). Its actual achievement is "that 
we should be called the children of God." We were rebels, 
but love has remade us (Romans 5:8). In the beginning God 
gave His love to man before he fell by sin. Think of the im- 
measurable condescension of infinitely Holy love bestowed 
upon the unholy, the sinful. Here was "love seeking not its 
own," but our well-being — the salvation of the, unworthy and 
sinful. Having been born a second time, we became the chil- 
dren of God's family. Since "our life is hid with Christ in 
God" our position as children of God is not manifest to the 
world. The world does not appreciate the marks of God upon 
His children. Its wisdom does not reveal God and it recog- 
nized not "the Prince of life (Acts 3:14-17)." "We are the 
children of God; therefore the world knows us not; for the 
world knows not God (John 8:47; 12:36, 37; John 8:19; 16:3; 
27:25)." Although the world may ignore Christianity we 
may know whether we have it according to Romans 8:16. 

the text again. God calls us His children. Our Lord taught 
us to say, "Our Father which art in heaven." Because of 
the fact of regeneration He could say, "My Father and your 
Father, my God and your God." Read chapter 4:7 of this 
epistle. We are called God's children because . we share in 
His life (2 Pet. 1:4). Being like Him in our inward life, we 
shall also resemble Him in our outward action (1 John 2:29). 
Both character and conduct should bear moral resemblance 
to Him. He calls us children because we have been restored 
through Christ to Him, animated with the Divine life of love 
(1 John 4:8-11), and as cMldren we. are growing up in con- 
formity to His perfect character and ultimately in the resur- 
rection we shall be perfected to look upon His blessed face as 
the heirs of His kingdom forever. His love, inspires us with 
the blessed assurance that we are His children." Read Rom- 
ans 8:14-16; Gal. 4:4-6; 1 John 3:14. The presence of the 

"fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22) in our lives is a testimony 
that we are the children of God. The Father's love inspires 
within us holy desires and purposes, restrains us from sin, 
comforts us in sorrow, and makes us fruitful in good works. 
III. LOOK AT THIS SIGHT! Be arrested by the words of 
John the Baptist in John 1 :29. Let us gaze adoringly at this 
wondrous love. "Look penitently, gratefully, appropriatingly, 
lovingly, adoringly." When earth's glare bewitches you, may 
the sight of such love constrain you to refrain from evil. 
When sickness weakens your frame, may such a sight en- 
able you to rejoice in tribulation. When you visit the sep- 
ulchre, may you see His footprints leading up to and going 
beyond the tomb. Look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher 
of your faith, not fitfully or occasionally, but continually un- 
til you shall see Him "face to face!" 

ICatft t0 Spat 

BYLER. Mrs. Ella Byler, beloved mother of Mrs. G. H. 
Lytle and Mrs. Morton Kitt, passed to her Heavenly reward 
after a very brief illness, on December 21, 1944. * 

Sister Byler was born near Ligonier, Indiana, September 
13, 1862. Her husband passed away just two years ago. 

She was a member of the Warsaw Brethren Church. 

She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren, 
seven great grandchildren; one brother, Samuel Lantz; one 
sister, Mrs. Lonia Kauffman. 

The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the 
undersigned, and burial was made in Eden Cemetery, near 
Topeka, Indiana. 

R. F. Porte. 

Publication Day Offering 
January 28, 1945 


"How do you tackle .your work each day? 

Are you scared of the job you find? 

Do you grapple the task that comes your way 

With a confident, easy mind? 

Do you stand right up to the work ahead. 

Or fearfully pause to view it? 

Do you start to toil with a sense of dread, 

Or feel you're going to do it?" — Guest. 

"Someone's selfish, someone's lazy; 

Is it you? 
Someone's sense of right is hazy; 

Is it you? 
Someone live's a life of ease, 
Doing largely as he please — 
Drifting idly with the breeze ; 

Is it you? 

The tissue of the life to be 
We weave in colors all our own. 
And in the field of destiny 
We reap what we have sown." 



Lest We Forqet 

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Ir^tljr^n Ar^ OlruHa&ing 

20,000 to Win 2,000 

20 per Church by Edster 

9 Sundays left in which to complete a reasonable year's work. 

18 preaching- services. 

About 50 evenings or days. 

Christ Jesus died for this very goal and purpose — to win and save. 

The Christian Church exists first for this very work. 

The Will of God demands it for Christians. 

The Church is never alive and powerful until it majors in it. 

The heart is never satisfied until it works at it. 


' ■ .. . How many will your church win? 

It will take great praying. 

It will take many nights out calling when the right folks are home. 
It will take great preaching. 
It will take organized team-work. 

It will require that someone find the names and addresses of real pros- 

It will mean the difference between success and failure. 
Every Sunday School Teacher, Preacher, Superintendent, Choir member, 
Deacon and Christian in eveiT church should have a real part in it NOW! 

fficidf Oman "of 'The Brethren- (_n«rch 

Volume LXVII, Number 4, January 27, 1945 



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Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

Third number of the Ashland College LecturerConcert Se- 
ries for Students and Faculty was last Friday when Conrad 
Thibault sang before a large and appreciative audience. Three 
or four more men of national prominence are. scheduled for 
this winter. Louis Untermeyer will appear February 8, with 
others to follow later. 

The basketball team is setting a somewhat better record 
than any time since the beginning of the war, having won 
four and lost six games up to the last of last week. With 
every member of the starting lineup and of the first line 
replacements deferred for physical reasons, the chances are 
that they will be able to complete the season somewhat in- 
tact. The loss of several members of the. armed forces in- 
cluding Sam Richmond of Nappanee, Indiana has hampered 
the team some in the past few games. Joe Brubaker of New 
Lebanon, Ohio has been scoring at a good rate., having aver- 
aged almost 15 points per game for the first ten games. 

The new semester opens next week and a number of new 
.students are. enrolling. These will replace several who have 
withdrawn for various reasons during the past few weeks. 
The girls' dorm, Allen Hall, is still full to overflowing and 
the chances are that the crowded conditions of the girls will 
be even worse next year. 

Applications for admission to tha college next year con- 
tinue to arrive and are far ahead of last year at this time. 
These are practically all from a distance since the unusually 
heavy snow has prevented any contacts between the college, 
and the surrounding high schools w'hich have, for the most 
part, been closed. Brethrein students, particularly girls are 
urged to make contacts now so that they will be assured 
places is Allen Hall. 

The new catalog is about ready for distribution. A post 
card will place your name on our mailing list not only for the 
catalog but for all the bulletins of the college ' as they are 


THE PITTSBURGH, PA., BULLETIN tells us that Brother 
Crick has received a call for another year of service wdth 
that church. Also that the. Bible Reading Club reported that 
95 .had enlisted in the Thanksgiving to Christmas Bible read- 
ing. We were sorry that the program for Pittsburgh's 55th 
Anniversary did not reach us in time for the last issue of 
the Evangelist. The program included a service on Friday 
evening, January 19, and services throughout Sunday, Jan- 
uary 21. We trust we may have a full report of the affair. 

BROTHER ARTHUR BAER, pastor of our Cameron and 
Quiet Dell churches, informs us we made an error in re- 
porting that Sgt. Glen C. Dower, recently killed in action, 
was a member of the Quiet Dell church. The name should 
have been Sgt. Delmont W. Strait. Sgt. Dower was a mem- 
ber of the Aleppo church. Sgt. Strait was killed in action 
over Germany September 21, 1944. He had been an active 
member of the Quiet Dell Church. We are sorry for this 

that he is holding a meeting at the Mt.' Pleasant Brethren 
Church from January 15 to 28. He gives us a short report of 
the St. James, Maryland, work which will appear later in 
The Evangelist. 

BROTHER E. M. RIDDLE, calling at the office the other 
day, reported the organization of a n'ew Laymen's Organiza- 
tion in the Louisville Church. 

Party" for the entire membership of the church. It will be 
an evening of fellowship. 

for the lifting of the PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING IN 

We must convince by reason, not prescribe by tradition. — 

Quarrels would never last long if the fault were on one 
one side only. — Rockefoucauld. 

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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Boer 

Ardmore Church Goes 100% 

A letter from Brother A. E. Whitted, pastor of the Ard- 
more Church of South Bend, Indiana, informs us that his 
people voted to put The Brethren Evangelist in every home 
of the congregation. We have not yet received the list of 
subscribers, but we are informed there will be a goodly num- 
ber. We congratulate Brother Whitted and the Ardmore 
church. This is a growing congregation and loyal to all the 
interests of the brotherhood. We have nevex made an appeal 
to which they have not responded, and their name is to be 
found among the givers to all the other departments of the 
church's work. 

North Manchester, Indiana 

renews its place on the honor roll of 100% churches, sending 
in 129 subscriptions and a check that more than covers the 
list. This loyal, aggressive church is under the capable lead- 
ership of Dr. J. Raymond Schutz. We are as much interested 
in seeing churches vote to remain on the 100% list as we 
are to see them vote to get on for the first time. It may 
well be considered a vote of confidence.' 

The loyal group at Waynesboro, Pa., sends in a nice list 
of renewals, about 75%. But there is a chance, that others 
may yet subscribe and enable the church to continue its place 
among the "100 percenters." We will not drop it from the 
list until we hear from the agent again. 

The Ashland Church, with Brother L. V. King as pastor, 
includes a number of new subscriptions with its 100% re- 
newal list, which contains 127 names. This church can al- 
ways be counted on to be in the front line. 

The Honor Roll Up To Date 

Our 100% Churches 

1. Vinco, Pennsylvania, C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor 

2. New Lebanon, Ohio, W. Clayton Berkshire, Pastor 

3. North Manchester, Ind., Dr. J. R. Schutz, Pastor 

4. Ashland, Ohio, Lester V. King, Pastor 

5. Johnstown, Pa. (Third), Chester F. Zimmerman, Pastor 

6. Louisville, Ohio, E. M. Riddle, Pastor 

7. Waynesboro, Pa. (Loyal Group), D. C. White, Pastor 

8. Lanark, Illinois, W. C. Benshoflf, Pastor 

9. Washington, D. C, Clarence Fairbanks, Pastor 

10. Rittman, Ohio (Loyal Group), J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

11. West Alexandria, Ohio, E. J. Beekley, Pastor 

12. Bethlehem Church, Virginia, John F. Locke, Pastor 

13. Dayton, Ohio, Vernon D. Grisso, Pastor 

14. Smithville, Ohio, J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

15. College Comer, Indiana, Arthur Tinkle, Pastor 

16. Loree, Indiana, Arthur Tinkle, Pastor 

17. St. James, Md., D. C. White, Pastor 

18. Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Pa. 

19. North Georgeto%\Ti, 0., L. E. Lindower, Pastor 

20. Waterloo, Iowa, Virgil Meyer, Pastor 

First Publication Day Offerings 

They are beginning to arrive, and they are encouraging. 
They seem to point to a moving on the hearts of the people 
by a spirit of generosity. Men and women are answering be- 
cause they believe it is God's call to His work. That is our 
faith too, and so we are bold to call upon all fellow-members 

to give generously, even sacrificially, in His Name, for the 
advancement of a cause that is near His heart. 

We aimed to send out sufficient offering envelopes, but 
if anywhere there should be a lack, just use any blank en- 
velope and mark it properly. 

Following are the offerings received: 
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Furry (Johnstown 1st, Johns- 
town, Pa.) 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Imboden, (Mt. Zion), Logan, ..20.00 

W. P. Spiggle, Maurertown, Va 2.00 

Delia Lehman, Smithville, 5.00 

Carl E. Boone, Wabash, Ind 3.50 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


Many of us are asking the question, "Why the necessity 
of a peacetime military conscription?" Why train young 
men for a war which we are constantly being told will not 
come to pass if this one is consummated in the manner pro- 
posed by the heads of the allied nations? Why bind our 
youth with a war spirit in the most impressionable period of 
thedr lives ? Why teach them to become military minded when 
we are, even at the present time, engaged in war which was pre- 
cipitated by a nation which taught war (we are almost con- 
strained to say) to babes in arms? Why teach the aims of 
war to our young men at all ? Why not teach them the ways 
of the Prince of Peace and send them out as missionaries 
of the cross to teach the nations the real meaning of peace, 
A very small portion of the money spent in training for war 
would train a multitude of young men for peace among the 
nations. And anyway, we are constantly being told that the 
munitions of war now being used will be so obsolete in ten 
years that they will be useless in future wars. Then why 
train to use them ? The whole matter seems so utterly foolish 
in the face of calm thinking. 

But that is on the material side. Far more important are 
the spiritual implications. Forced into military service, the 
young man is turned from his aspirations, his home environ- 
ment, his spiritual ideals and his educational impulses to 
become just a mere cog in a machine, where others think 
for him, act for him, and usually speak for him. True it is 
only for one year — but a year may spell the difference be- 
tween high ideals and aspirations, and depleted morals and 
careless thinking. 

Finally, such a forced servitude is not conducive to a real 
patriotism. Patriotism is not forced servitude, but free 
thought and action in behalf of the mass of the people. 

Let us throw all our influence against the effort to estab- 
lish peacetime military conscription. 



direction in Life 

(The following was sent to us recently by Brother J. Mil- 
ton Bowman, and we gladly publish it, in order that it might 
become food for thought for the readers of The Evangelist. 

A naval air cadet, about to receive his wings, was unable 
to be home for Thanksgiving. His mind has been in a whirl 
concerning conditions in the world today and his owti spiritual 
condition, for it was becoming very difficult to hold true to 
his Christian ideals, because of a series of very trying and 
difficult events which were enough to undermine the faith 
of a strong Christian character. He began to wonder about 
his own life and placed his thoughts in a letter which he 
sent to his folks. This letter may be of interest, because it 
shows in words what some of our boys are thinking about 
in these critical days. The letter folows: 

November, 1944 

Dear Folks: 

Today has been a day that has given me every excuse for 
feeling disconsolate. But the whole universe could have gone 
cockeyed and the effect on me would have been negligible. I 
have just been in the clouds for no reason at all. I used to 
feel like this quite often, but the condition of the world, and 
my own position in it, has made me unconsciously think that 
the world and all its inhabitants have been deserted by God 
and taken over by the Devil. 

My military career has served to build an attitude of, 
"take what you can get from life, and be there 'firstest with 
the mostest.' " Still, at the same time, do no more than is 
necessary. In our modern world, a lot of stress is put on the 
importance of my generation's assuming the leadership of 
the world. We are mentally better trained to do so, as a 
whole, than any other generation. Also, we are physically 
stronger than our predecessors, so we are told. As for the 
remaining factor, no one can judge accurately the integrity 
of either the previous or the present or the future genera- 
tion. However, I think we fall do\\m here. 

We have acquired the ability to handle such problems as 
how to provide for an army's supplies, or how to engineer 
the construction of complicated mechanical systems. Yet few 
of us are adding much to the spiritual welfare of the world 
we live in or eveji trying to. Oh! there are plenty of social 
and religious workers but even they are not employing meth- 
ods that are unquestionable, in their efforts to do good for 
mankind. The trouble is, everyone has gone "big scale." Then, 
in order to have the power to do good, strings are pulled and 
shady alliances made. The Unions (labor) are an outstanding 
example of this. On the whole their work is good, but the 
schejnes are unquestionable. It's not the major wrongs that 
are the heart of the affair. It's just that every individual has 
become so eager for the power to fulfill his dreams, that he 
has sacrificed a part of his personal integrity. When every 
cog in a machine does that, the fruit of the whole system 
gives off the sickening smell so common in our world. 

A perfect example of what I am getting at . is my last 
leave. There is, according to our system, no hai-m in having 
"arranged things" as I did, since I caused no hardship on 
the Navy — did not neglect my duties at all — or WTong any- 
one at all in the whole deal. Yet, I was not without blame 
before the absolute righteousness of God. It was a scheme 
and — whether I realize it or not — it is significant of a lower- 
ing of personal character. Now you see what I mean when 
mine, and is justified in each others' eyes, they will continue 
I say that if everyone in a concern takes a step similar to 

to degenerate together until they are incapable of living the 
kind of life that could be set up for a child to follow. 

Our whole world can be doing good, improving working 
conditions, giving to the poor, establishing freedom of all 
kinds, and any number of problems. Honesty for just hon- 
esty's sake is something I haven't heard of even in sermons 
since I was a young boy and certainly not since I have been 
in the navy. 

Well, all my life, I have been looking for a direction for iny 
life. I have been looking for a goal to run towards. How- 
ever, just today I realized that a goal need not me a material 
goal such as establishing a church either as a minister or a 
missionary. Neither need it be an association with a strong 
charity work. Integrity in itself is a goal. I used to not 
quite be able to visualize the meaning of us being strangers 
and pilgrims with no claim to citizenship down here, but 
with our only alliance in heaven. Or us being predestinated 
unto good works that God hath afore ordained that we should 
walk in. Good works are the common thing, but good lives 
are few and far between. 

When I was a civilian, I used to go to the transient bureau 
or to the jail and I felt then that I was being used in a 
worthwhile way, and I was. I can truthfully say that I have 
always been a good boy with good motives, although I was 
probably not the kind of a boy that could be always called 
a blessing to his mother. It was just this morning that I 
realized that the strangeness of the Christian should be 
that he is good for goodness' sake ; that he is pure for purity's 
sake; tliat to him, integrity is a goal in itself. A Christian's 
nature is regenerated and his new life must strive for God. 
God is righteous first and foremost, so that is the ground to 
which our new life should lead us. I have been good for my 
parents' sake, or for my own reputations' sake, but never 
for just the sake of being good. 

WeJl, I can do very little in the Navy to justify my ex- 
istence according to the old standards I used to know. I can, 
on occasion, speak for God, but it doesn't pay to force it 
on your roommates or anyone else. If one is patient, oppor- 
tunity knocks. However, with my new standard, life alone on 
an island would still have direction. Since the thought struck 
me early this morning, T have felt that I had a new justifi- 
cation for being alive. Love, 


"Teach me, my God and King, 

In all things to see, 

And what I do in anything, 

To do it as for Thee. — Herbert. 

"Oh man, forgive thy mortal foe. 
Nor ever strike him blow for blow ; 
For all the souls on earth that live, 
To be forgiven must forgive, 
Forgive him seventy times and seven; 
For all the blessed souls in heaven 
Are both forgivers and forgiven." 

JANUARY 27, 1945 


Tke IBoy and H^s Vrayer Life 

Member of Pa. District Brotherhood Committee 

By Harold E. Parks 

(A summary of an address given by Brother Parks at the 
District Brotherhood Convention, November 24, 25, 1944). 

Prayer is talking to God. 

There's a light, shining bright. 

In the Garden of Prayer, 

Though around me the darkness may roll; 

And I know, as I go, 

Jesus waits for me there, 

To restore blessed peace to my soul. 

There's a gate, pointing straight 

To the Beautiful Land, 

Though the road leads through sorrow and care; 

Doubt and fear disappear, 

And the shadows disband, 

When the pathway is brightened with prayer. 

There's a word that is heard 

In the Gospel of Right, 

And its precepts we all should obey. 

To receive and believe 

On the Saviour of Light, 

Who declared "Men ought always to pray." 

The Light in the Garden is shining for me. 

My Lord set it burning in Gethsemane; 

And it shone from his cross over dark Calvary, 

The Light in the Garden of Prayer. 

Corliss L. Weltner. 
Read Matt. 26:32-35. This immediately follows the Last 
Supper. Peter was so sure that he would not deny his Lord: 
"Though I should die with Thee yet will I not deny Thee." 
Now read verses 69-75. Jesus was not guessing when He 
told Peter that he would deny Him. We, too, are very much 
like Peter. How easy it is for us to acknowledge Christ in 
Sunday School or Church or among Christian people. But 
how about acknowledging Him when associated with people 
who are not Christian? Are we ashamed of Christ? Go back 
to veorses 36-46 where Christ asked Peter to watch with 
Him. Here we learn why Peter could not hold out. He was 
caught napping, he was sleeping. Let this be a lesson to all 
who would serve Jesus. 

If we do not practice the presence of Christ in our lives 
at all times, we, too, shall be caught napping many times. 
Peter could have overcome his temptation to deny Christ 
had he obeyed Him. Why should we pray? God's Word tells 
us to pray that ws yield not to temptation. The sin is not in 
being tempted but in yielding to temptation. 

If the perfect Christ needed to pray, how much more do 
we who are imperfect need to pray! Can you get through 
this life without prayer? Christ once told the Scribes and 
Pharisees, tempting Him, to "Render unto Caesar the things 
which are Caesar's and unto God the things which are God's." 
If we profess to be God's children and omit our prayer life, 
we are not rendering unto God the things which are God's 
for as the citizens of heaven we are told to be in the atti- 
tude of prayer and to pray vnthout ceasing. We cannot get 
by in our Christian life without talking to God daily. 

Prayer life can be simple without the use of big woi'ds 
or prayers of great length. Prayer is most essential in our 

Christian growth. We die a spiritual death without it just 
as we would die a physical death without food. It is impos- 
sible to attain our goals without it. 

Here is a quotation taken from The Brethren Evangelist 
on "The Art of Prayer": A German artist, Ludwig Meidneo-, 
states: "Formerly I only drew and painted; indeed, thought 
there was nothing on earth more important than drawing and 
painting. But since the divine gift has beeai given to me, I 
know nothing more ravishing and more satisfying to the 
whole man than pure prayer." 

The godless may laugh at the man of prayer. They know 
not what is happening in his heart. They overestimate, the 
work of the artist, not knowing that the man of prayer is 
a far greater artist. — Selected. 

Our prayer life in the home is not to be neglected. Here 
is an example of what the lack of prayer in the home may 
do. Once I attended a civic meeting in which the manager of 
of the local theater complained of parents bringing their 
children to the theater and leaving them there. When the 
theater manager wanted to close around midnight, the chil- 
dren were asleep in the seats while their parents were out 
"painting the town red." 

A man with whom I closely associated once bought his 
son a ticket to a community benefit dance. The boy promptly 
gave his father a lecture on worldly things and their indul- 
gence by church people. The boy is bringing his father closer 
to Christ day by day. This proves that boys in the home have 
a tremendous responsibility to God concerning their parents. 
Parents can be led to Christ through their children. For there 
is a tender spot in the. heart of every parent for his child. 
Juveniles may help to overcome pai-ental delinquency. Boys, 
if your parents are not living for Christ and the Church, and 
are attending theaters, bingo games, dances, card parties, 
and other worldly pursuits, help them to a better way of 
living by getting down on your knees before God and ask 
Him to help you to show them the folly of living in sin and 
also how precious they are to God (John 3:16). Tell them 
what it means to you to be a follower of Christ, and that 
you are praying for them. And keep praying, for God will 
answer. You yourself should live the type of life that will 
show them the beauty of Christian living. This can be accom- 
plished through prayer. 

— R. 1, Conemaugh, Pa. 

By Isabel M. Wood 

Let me take words of strength and power and build 

In some unhappy place a citadel 

That might serve many hard-pressed people well 

Who are besieged by fear, and send them, thrilled 

With hope and courage to the battlefield 

To prove by deeds that only those excel 

Who live with faith, and use it for their shield. 

Conversion is union with the Christ who died for us. Sanc- 
tification is union with the living Christ. One brings pardon 
and peace with God; the other is a manifestation of the peace, 
purity and power of God in life. — William Haslam. 




Fishers of Wlen 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 
III. Master Motives 

1. Fear. There was a man to whom his master on leaving, 
gave some money to invest until he should return. When he 
returned and called for the account, the servant said, "I 
feared thee . . . and hid thy money." Luke 19:20, 21. Why 
should a servant fear to do his best for so kind a master? 
Why should he not rather fear the consequences of distrust 
and disobedience? 

There was another man to whom the Lord said, "I have 
set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel. Therefore 
thou shalt hear the word at my mouth and warn them from 
me. When I say, unto the wicked, wicked man thou shalt 
surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from 
his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but hie 
blood will I require at thy hand." Ezek. 33:7, 8. Did not Paul 
feel this responsibility when he wrote^ "Woe is me if I preach 
not the Gospel?" 1 Cor. 9:16. Does not the Lord put that 
same responsibility upon all of us when he says, "Therefore 
to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it 
is sin." James 4:17. 

I once heard a sad testimony. A man said, "Yesterday my 
neighbor hanged himself in his barn. He was discouraged 
and not a Christian, but I never spoke to him of the Savior 
and I feel guilty of his death." Multiply this case by the 
hundreds of unsaved in your community and the many mil- 
lions in the world who are dying without Christ because of 
our neglect, and picture the scene when the millions of 
church members, too indifferent to be soul winners, listen 
to the solemn words, "Inasmuch as ye did it not unto the 
least of these, ye did it not to me . . . and these shall go away 
into everlasting punishment." Matthew 25:45, 46. Yea, even 

in this world these unevangelized masses are the pagan sea 
out of which rises the beast which seeks to destroy the Chris- 
tian world and make the rest a hell. How shall we not fear 
if idle? 

2. Reward. In John 4:35, 36 Jesus announces one of the 
most fundamental laws of nature — "He that reapeth receiv- 
6th wages and gathereth fruit unto life eternal." Others 
have sowed and we have entered into their labors. We are 
now in the harvest time of the age. The golden sheaves that 
we may gather are the souls of men we lead to the Savior. 
The granaries of earth shall perish, but the saved in Christ 
have life eternal, and they who brought them to Christ shall 
have the eternal gratitude of the saved and the wages the 
Lord shall give. And what aje they? Listen: "They that be 
wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they 
that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and 
ever." Daniel 12:3. Are we in line for that reward? 

3. Work. One of the most discussed problems in the world 
is that of unemployment. The nightmare of being without 
work and without means haunts the laboring class. Slavery, 
feudalism, capitalism and communism all fail in a sinful 
world. But in a regenerate world there will be cooperation 
in production and justice in distribution. If the governments 
would turn the hosts of Christian soldiers to live and teach 
the Gospel right where they are, the terrible cost of the fu- 
ture wars might be averted and there would be work and 
wages for all. There are thousands of missionaries in the 
world who have gone forth in faith, and if they have been 
sent of the Lord they need not fear. When the seventy re- 
turned with joy the Lord said to them, "Lacked ye anything?" 
and they answered, "Nothing." Therefore when the Lord is 
calling "Whom shalL I send? and who will go for me? why 
should we not answer, "here am I, send me?" 

4. Patriotism. "Patriotism" is the magic word to stir the 
souls of men to shoulder arms and die if need be to save 
the country from the enemy. It is the slogan in the cam- 
paigns to sell war bonds for the same purpose, and to man 
the defense work of all kinds. But the greatest weapon of 
defense is seemingly forgotten by the political leaders. It is 
this: "Righteousness exalteth a nation." Prov. 14:34. History 
confirms that fact, and it is the patriotic motive back of 
the work of soul winning both at home and abroad. Let the 
nations listen, for Almighty God speaks: "Blessed is that na- 
tion whose God is the Lord . . . There is no king saved by 
the multitude of an host." Let us reply, "Our soul waiteth 
for the Lord; He is our help and our shield." Ps. 33:12, 16, 20. 

5. Duty. I think it was Lord Nelson who, when dying in 

The yo{\r\q Peoples Choir 

0^ the 

Masontotun Brethren Church 

First row, left to right: Dorothy Wright, Garnet 

Franks, Sylvania Broadwater, Mary Catherine 

Franks and Norma Franks. 
Second row, left to right: Jean Moody, Mary Alice 

Ankrum, Dottie Metheney, Faye Erhard, Mary 

Alice Ferrier and Louise Bowman. 
Third row, left to right: Altha Dugan, Paul MeWil- 

liams, Mrs. Vernon Devan, in charge of Choir; 

Charles Wheeler, Bill McWilliams and Charles 

Berkshire. Ruth Swartswelter not on the picture. 

JANUARY 27, 1945 


battle, exclaimed, "Thank God I have done my duty." Jesus 
taught us to say when we have done all, "I have don© that 
which it was my duty to do." A general, when asked his 
opinion of missions, said, "What are your marching orders?" 
And the greatest of the apostles, looking at the still unevan- 
gelized world, said, "I am debtor both to the. Greeks and the 
Barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish." Rom. 1:14. 
That was motive enough to send him to preach where Christ 
is not known, and on through the weary years until he could 
say, "I have finished my course." What is lacking today that 
so few should feel so little sense of duty toward the un- 
saved ? 

6. Sympathy. It was that same Paul who, when speaking 
of his own Jewish race, could say with a feeling of divine 
love, "I could wish myself accursed from Christ for my kins- 
men according to the flesh." Rom. 9:3. When \ve feel like 
that we may sweat drops of blood in prayer for the lost, 
and we will feel the urge to go to the ends of the earth to 
bring them in. 

7. Love. Sympathy is akin to love, but love is the all-in- 
clusive virtue, the all-compelling power. It is stronger than 
death. It is the fire in the heart, the light in the eye, the 
strength in the hand of them who labor with the Lord. "The 
love of Christ constraineth me." 2 Cor. 5:14. 

I heard a voice; it said to me: The lost of earth have need 
of thee. Wilt thou my voice and helper be? I said: I choose 
thy child to be. All, all the way I'll go with thee, because 
"thy love constraineth me." 

To Bereft Parents — A Prayer 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

Dearly beloved in Christ: 

You have lost a son "missing in action." That may mean 
many things and we may still hope for the best. I am writing 
you to sympathize with you and to console you that all is 
not lost. Do not give up hope. Our God is good and doeth 
all things well. He can not always answer "yes" to all of us. 
In war, some must die. If He answers "no" He still does all 
things well and it is ours to say "Thy will be done" even 
though it so severely cuts across our plans and prospects. 
His answers are always good and right. Why it should have 
been your boy none can tell; we need to remember that in 
war, it must be somebody's boy. The most universal response 
of the boys themselves as I have sensed it is: "It must be 
somebody; it may as well be me." 

Moreover, you have the consolation that he went heroically. 
That he was unafraid and did not shirk the responsibility 
that one has to human governments, must be a supreme sat- 
isfaction. He went not because he wanted to destroy and 
make war, but that he might fill a necessary place in the 
progress of the world. 

Finer still, be glad that he v;as not unready. It must have 
been the fearlessness of death that urged him to the line of 
duty. The honors he gained and the service he rendered fear- 
lessly leaves no stain on his escutcheon and no cowardice 
mars its beauty. His life was offered for what is promised 
to others, a better world in which to live. What higher motive 
could have prompted any service he might have rendered in 
any other field? 

And yet again: 

"We live in deeds not years, 
In thoughts, not figures on a dial; 

He most lives who most enjoys, 
- Most loves and most forgives." 

Not in years, but deeds and thoughts. Not the length of 
service, but the intensity and worth of it. If war is wrong 
he is not more sinful than those who organize it, pay for it 
and applaud it. God did fight in battles. He did order the 
slaying and complete extinction of whole peoples and He did 
drown a whole world of people save eight because "the earth 
is filled with violence through them and behold, I vsdll destroy 
them from the face of the earth." We may well ponder if 
God is not doing that with some as bad in this war. Out of 
the suffering of Calvary came our hope of salvation. 

Besides, life can be fruitful of good through you even 
though your own plan for it is now bereft of him through 
whom you had hoped it would be done. It is for the living 
to recompense the losses of this sinful and wasteful business 
of war. 

"God works in a mysterious way 
His wonders to perform" 
and if by passing through the refiner's fire, we become more 
devoted and sacrificial, then we can in a measure, hope to 
do what these were expected to do whom we have loved and 
lost awhile. 

Life, is eternal. His life is not ended. He has only passed 
on to new areas of progress and development. "To depart 
and be with Jesus is far better," said the inspired writer. 
He can not return to us save in inspirations he may have 
given to faithfulness, devotion and hope. Let us be com- 
forted that his life fructifies in a "better country" toward 
which we travel in pain, sorrow, limitations and misunder- 

Sorrow not as those who have no hope. Let not life lose its 
zest. Try to do for others what he would have shared with 
you and with them. In no small measure, we can do so much 
more for the advancement of the kingdom of God than we 
have done that our own lives will be the more enriched by 
that new consecration that his will not be so much missed 
by the world. In the name of Christ, I submit this trusting 
it may help to assuage the unforgettable passing of the youth 
you loved and nurtured and caressed. 

Western Springs, 111. 


The poems I write are not so hot; 
They put nobody "on the spot"; 
They cause no one to wail or weep; 
They disturb I'm sure, nobody's sleep. 
The poems I write does no one harm; 
They cause no trouble on the farm; 
They cause no one. to rant and roar; 
Nor sen3 a nation into war. 
The poems I vsTite may not be poems. 
They cause no trouble in the homes; 
They insult no person on the street, 
Nor cause no army to retreat. 
If the poems I write can cause a smile. 
Or help to make a shorter mile. 
For those who travel thru this way; 
Then I'll be happy, day by day. 

—By C. L. Plank. 
Intertype Operator at Brethren Pub. Co. 




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'Tcoibti-'g ihem lo obierue all ihings lohalioeucr I have commanJvil you.' 


Vice President 

Gcni'rj! Secrcljry 

DR L E LINDOWER. Educational Diictior 

The Sunday School -- A Great Moral Force 

Rev. E. L Miller 

When Robert Raikes gathered together that group of street 
gamins on that memorable Sunday more than a century and 
a half ago, he was building far better, bigger and greater 
than he knew. To get those lads off the streets and to have 
them think about and work at something worth while, was 
the first urge of Mr. Raikes. Just how much he had planned 
for them beforehand we do not know. But we do know that 
he was a man interested in the moral welfare of young boys 
and he showed his interest by doing something about it. He 
was somewhat of a Scoutmaster, Four-H Club leader or per- 
haps Sunday school teacher. And we are told that of the 
first group he gathered together several became men of in- 
fluence and affluence in their way. Others saw the results 
of that experiment and they made it a permanent thing. So 
we really had the beginnings of the. modern Sunday school 
and Robei't Raikes is welcome to all the credit and applause 
a grateful world might give him. For although the Tunker 
Brethren did make an earlier attempt at putting across some, 
kind of Sunday school project, they have always been such 
poor propagandists that their effort was overshawoded by 
the Raikes project. 

We are again told of a work done by the renowed evan- 
gelist, the late Dwight L. Moody. It is said that when he 
first went to Chicago he united with a Sunday school there 
and soon wanted to teach one of the classes. Being told that 
they had no class for him he asked whether he might get 
one for himself. Such desire dared not be checkmated and so 
he went about getting a class, which proved to be a motley 
crew picked up from the streets, much like the first group 
of Robert Raikes. Moody stuck with his class and again we 
are told that a group of possible trouble makers became good 
citizens and several became leading business men of that 
great city. They grew up to be law abiding citizens and re- 
spectable and respected men. How much the moral teachings 
of the Sunday school and Mr. Moody had to do with it all 
is not fully determined, but who would think for one moment 

that their success in life was had without such influences be- 
ing felt at all ? 

Years ago while a student at Ashland College, a class of 
young men and women was taken to visit the. Ohio state re- 
formatory located at Mansfield. The gracious Dr. Leonard 
was then head of the institution. Dr. Leonard was a real 
Christian and teacher of one of the largest adult Bible classes 
in Mansfield. We were given opportunity and privilege to 
ask the Dr. any questions that came to our minds regard- 
ing the what, why and all such of the young men in the 
institution. There were then over one thousand of them there. 
How well do I remember the question of one of the group 
and the good doctor's answer. The question was, "How many 
of these young men ever attended Sunday school regularly?" 
Quick as a flash the Dr. replied, "Less than five per cent 
of them." And that made that class in sociology sit up and 
take notice. And ever since that I have been telling boys 
wherever I am privileged to speak to them that if they don't 
want to go to the reformatory or jail they had better go to 
Sunday school. And I can well remember that of all the ques- 
tions we asked the Dr. the one that he spent most time an- 
swering and discussing was the one about attending Sunday 
school. There was a reason. The Dr. knew what the Sunday 
school did to shoot moral ideals into the heads and hearts 
of the young folks who attend regularly. Less than five per 
cent attended regularly. But over ninety-five per cent man- 
aged to get into the reformatory without any Sunday school 
attendance at all. 

I might add here that the Dr. ventured one item to us 
that came unasked. He said that over ninety-seven per cent 
of the young men were inveterate cigarette smokers. And 
that was over thirty years ago when the cigarette evil had 
not been so terribly exploited as it is today. Dr. Leonard 
seemed to think that cigarette smoking on the part of young 
boys was not conducive to good thinking or moi'al decency. 
Surely the Sunday school has a work cut out for it in op- 

JANUARY 27, 1945 


posing th,a awfulness of that habit as seen today not only 
among the young boys and men, but also among the girls 
of almost every community. 

Space does not permit our taking up the fight of the Sun- 
day school against the drinking of alcoholic beverages. But 
it has done much to give to us a great host of sober and able 
men who touch not, taste not, and handle not the stuff that 
tends toward moral break down, physical wreck and spiritual 

When a lad in one of the Sunday schools of my home town 
I was taught a slogan that has stood out in my mind ever 
since. The lady who had charge of the temperance teaching- 
one Sunday per month would have us all stand and repeat 
it together. Here it is, "Regarding alcoholic beverages, the 
only temperance is total abstinence." I feel every Sunday 
school could well teach that slogan to their young folks today 
and perhaps another dry wave would sweep over the land as 
it did when the young people of two generations ago who 
grew up under such teaching reached manhood and woman- 
hood and voted the country dry section by section until the 
whole land was saloon free. 

We do maintain that perhaps one or if not the iinest 
moral influence in our land is the Sunday school. Let us put 
on full steam ahead for in the days just ahead of us we will 
need all the moral force, we can command. Start with the 
young folks in school and Sunday school and they won't 
depart from it later on. Moral decency is no more an in- 
herited thing than is ability in trigonometry or any other 
branch of learning. They are all acquired. 

More power to the Sunday school so that she may give, 
young and old the opportunity to acquire these, finest things, 
moral decency and spiritual dignity about which we write 
in our next. 

Maurerto'wn, Virginia. 

^ With the Laymen ^ 


Fred W. Brant 

My Church 

I believe each Individual Christian has a right to call it 
My Church. For when Christ started the Church he said upon 
this rock I will build my church and He has promised us 
that we are heirs and children of His. At the mention of the 
Church our hearts should leap for joy, when we speak of 
the Church we are thinking of the body of which Christ is 
the head. And we as Laymen are members of His body, not 
all having the same work to perform, but every one a definite 
part in the building of Christ's Church. And Christ is the 
Master Builder, the one who never makes any -mistakes in 
his building plans. Christ has His plans for His Church and 
if the work of building His Church is to move forward his 
plans must be followed. There has been many failures in 
the past on the pai't of the members of the church because 
of the fact that we have used man's plan instead of the plan 
which the Master Builder laid out for us. As His helpers 
when man lays aside the plans of Christ and tries to use his 
own we can see failure on every hand. We have been trying 
to get God to see eye to eye with us instead of us seeing eye 
to eye with God. 

We as Brethren have a great denomination and a rock on 
which to anchor our Faith and that rock is Jesus Christ. Our 

church or I may say my church is or should be a Whole Gos- 
pel Church but I am fearful that we have left some of the 
things upon which our church was founded slip through our 
fingers and have left the world come in and crowd out the 
things of Christ; Christ said, behold I stand at the door and 
knock. A picture of Christ standing at the door of the place 
where He should be the head of, but in a lot of places there 
is no room for Him. But in spite of all our failures, Christ's 
Church will not fail. He said the gates of hell shall not pre- 
vail against it. But it certainly must break the heart of our 
Master Builder to see us using our plans instead of His. 

Our Boys 

I realize that this is a big subject, my church and our boys. 
We have a large field but I do not believe as difficult as 
we think, if we use a Christ centered program. We know- 
that the day and age in which we live is presenting to us 
and our various churches a problem which seems very diffi- 
cult to solve. But no situation is too hard for our Master. 
We must if we are going to lead our young men and boys 
to Christ, hold Christ up before them. Christ said, if I be 
lifted up vrill draw all men unto me. We must lift up our 
Christ to our boys. We don't need more Sunday preaching 
but more seven day Christianity by our professing Church 
members so that our boys can see Christ in us. Jesus said 
Himself all power in heaven and on earth is given to Him. 
We must teach our boys to have Faith in Jesus Christ and 
to follow Him and the greatest way to teach them is to live 
ourselves that they can see Christ in us. If our Brethren 
churches are going to go forward it will be because of the 
boys of today for the boys of today are the men of tomorrow, 
and we have come to the place where we must face the facts 
and see our failures because of neglecting to teach our boys 
that there is no other name under heaven whereby man can 
be saved other than the name of Jesus Christ. We don't need 
soup suppers to draw our boys, we need to give them the 
bread of life which cometh from above and they vnW never 

So let us as Laymen of our church say with Paul, I am not 
ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we can be as- 
sured of victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

— Berlin, Pa. 

Educational Day Offering 

October 1 to December 31 

This is a partial report but most of the churches have sent 
in their offerings. The "quotas" for each Church or District 
were computed from the membership figures reported in the 
Conference number of the Brethren Evangelist at the rate 
of $1.50 per member. The churches that have not yet reported 
an Educational Day Offering are left blank. In some cases 
the offering date was set later than October 1 in order to fit 
church programs better, consequently these reports liave not 
yet been sent in. 

The Board of Trustees and the College authorities want 
to express their thanks and appreciation for the offerings 
received. Although the goal was not reached, the effort has 
added materially to the Educational Funds. 



Errors sometimes occur in recording these offerings. We 
have tried to avoid any mistakes, but if any should have 
been made, kindly give us the information and it will be 
corrected gladly. 

Educational Day — October 1, 1944 

January 1, 1945 

Southeastern District 

Bethlehem I 

Cumberland 37.50 

Hagerstown 507.50 


Linwood 18.00 

Lost Creek 15.00 



Mt. Olive 69.50 

Oak Hill 60.00 

St. James 63.75 

St. Lukes 

Washington, D. C 

Mt. Olivet 27.00 

Mt. Pleasant 

Pittsburgh 174.66 

Quiet Dell 13.50 

Sergeantsville , 5.00 

Summit. Mills 112.50 

Uniontown 85.00 

Valley Brethren 150.00 

Vandergrift 20.00 


Waynesboro 64.00 

White Dale 25.23 

Miscellaneous 25.00 

$ 771.25 

Central District 

Cerro Gordo $ 77.85 

Lanark : . . . 233.11 

Mille<igeville 550.90 

Udell 17.00 

Waterloo ' 146.35 


Mid- West District 

Carleton $ 33.77 

Falls City 

Ft. Scott 10.00 

Hamlin 33.71 

McLouth 31.56 

Morrill 77.25 


Portis 17.25 

$ 203.54 

Northern California District 

Lathrop $ 32.91 




Miscellaneous 25.00 

$ 57.91 

Pennsylvania District 


Berlin 285.75 

Brush Valley 35.24 

Calvary 18.00 

Cameron ! . 8.00 

Conemaugh 49.00 

Highland 60.50 

Johnstown First 124.50 

Johnstown Second 126.50 

Johnstown Third 209.88 

Masontown 69.15 

Meyersdale 138.00 

Ohio District 

Ashland $ 633.50 

Bryan 300.00 

Canton 80.00 


Dayton 510.76 

Fair Haven 132.85 

Fairview 2.00 

Fremo;it 5.00 

Glenford 65.00 

Gratis 33.25 

Gretna 125.00 

Louisville 300.00 

Mansfield 8.00 


Mt. Zion 27.00 

New Lebanon 203.75 

N. Georgetown 77.00 

Pleasant Hill 43.50 

Rittman 46.00 

Smithville 271.85 

W. Alexandria 17.00 

Williamstown 115.60 

Miscellaneous •' 35.00 

Indiana District 

Akron $ 

Ardmore 200.08 


Burlington 201.28 

Cambria 13.50 

Center Chapel 14.89 

College Corner 

Corinth 61.20 

County Line 23.00 

Denver 87.65 

Dutchtown 70.00 

Elkhart 401.00 

Flora 59.00 

Goshen 256.25 


Huntington 28.50 

Loree 100.00 

Mexico 27.14 

Milford 96.66 

Muncie 62.00 

Nappanee 567.00 

New Paris 139.52 

North Liberty 118.39 

N. Manchester 460.00 

JANUARY 27, 1945 


Oakville ■ • 57.00 

Peru 50.75 

Roann .' 217.56 

Roanoke 40.25 

Sidney ' 

South Bend 535.05 

Teegarden 40.00 

Tiosa 57.73 

Warsaw 146.95 


TOTALS Based On Percentage 

Membership Receipts to Date 

Southeastern $4,272.50 $ 771.25 17.9 

Central 1,913.50 1,025.21 54.1 

Midwest 1,303.00 203.54 17. 

California '. 592.50 57.91 8.8 

Pennsylvania 3,409.50 1,825.91 53.1 

Ohio 5,130.00 2,997.56 57.8 

Indiana 9,813.50 4,138.41 40. 

$26,434.50 $11,019.79 
The Goal is $25,000.00 

Churches Meeting Their Quotas 

Milledgeville, Illinois 

Meyersdale.'Pa. (Loyal) 

Valley Brethren, Pa. 

Summit Mills, Pa. (Loyal) 

Ashland, Ohio 

Gretna, Ohio 

Rittman, Ohio 

Ardmore, Indiana 

North Manchester, Indiana 

Churches Meeting 50% or more of Quota 

Offering Quota 

Hagerstown, Md $507..50 $825.50 

Lanark, 111 233.11 450.00 

McLouth, Kans 31.56 37.50 

Berlin, Pa. 285.75 532.50 

Highland, Pa 60.50 111.00 

Johnstown Second, Pa 126.50 141.00 

Johnstown Third, Pa 209.88 402.00 

Mt. Olivet, Va 27.00 52.50 

Pittsburgh, Pa 174.66 286.50 

Uniontowi, Pa 85.00 135.00 

Bryan, 300.00 550.50 

Dayton, 510.76 651.00 

Fair Haven, 132.35 144.00 

Glenford, 65.00 103.00 

Louisville, O 300.00 442.50 

N. Georgetown, 77.00 99.00 

Smithville, 271.85 379.00 

Williamstown, 115.60 163.50 

Burlington, Ind 201.28 222.00 

Milford, Ind 96.66 165.00 

Nappanee, Ind 567.00 771.00 

New Paris, Ind 139.52 192.00 

Peru, Ind. (Loyal) 50.75 

South Bend, Ind 535.05 610.50 

Roann, Ind 217.56 273.00 

Seventeen Leading Churches According to Amounts 

1. Ashland, Ohio $633.50 

2. Nappanee, Indiana 567.00 

3. Milledgeville, Illinois 550.90 

4. South Bend, Indiana 535.05 

5. Dayton, Ohio 510.76 

6. Hagerstown, Maryland 507.50 

7. N. Manchester, Indiana 460.00 

8. Elkhart, Indiana 401.00 

9. Louisville, Ohio 300.00 

10. Berlin, Pennsylvania 285.75 

11. Smithville, Ohio 271.85 

12. Goshen, Indiana 256.25 

13. Roann, Indiana 217.56 

14. Johnstown, Pa. Third 209.88 

15. New Lebanon 203.75 

16. Burlington, Indiana 201.28 

17. Ardmore, Indiana 200.08 

Peacetime Military Conscription 

Since early November, Peacetime military conscription has 
been hotly advocated and urged at Washington and by le- 
gionnaires in certain parts of our country. Some leaders have 
said that the longer the, issue is postponed, the harder it will 
be to promote. On date of Nov. 17th, President Roosevelt said 
that he would press this winter for congressional adoption 
of compulsory universal service for the country's youth. 

The Jan. 13th issue of the Gospel Messenger carries a 
quotation from the Century magazine stating, "In the face of 
present conditions consci'iption is inexpedient at this time, 
morally wrong, educationally unsound, economically ruinous 
and politically suicidal for a democratic society." 

What shall the Brethren Church say ? What do you say ? 

The writer will appreciate a short note from leaders, min- 
isters and laity of the church, giving your views on Peace- 
time Military Conscription. 

Signed — E. M. Riddle, Sec'y of Peace Committee. 

1033 E. Main Street, Louisville, Ohio. 



Young Men and Boys' 



For February 

Arranged by C. Y. Gilmer 

Worship — the Ship of Spiritual Communion 

A CALL TO WORSHIP, Psalm 95:l-7a. 


worship as though the Lord were present. Just as He pre- 
sented Himsalf to Thomas after the resurrection (John 20: 
24-29), so is He everywhere present to His worshipping peo- 
ple (John 4:19-26). Worship is WORTH-SHIP— the recogni- 
tion of the value of God to our lives. If my mind is not en- 
gaged in my worship, my soul has no contact with God. 
When my heart is fixed (Psalm 57:7) upon God, trusting in 
Him, God is moulding me. That is the real source of spiritual 
power and communion with God. To commune with Him by 
faith and not by sight as did Thomas and Mary (Luke 10: 
38-42) is to know our divine kinship vdth God through Christ 



our Elder Brother Who has made us heirs of God and joint- 
heirs vnth Himself (Romans 8:16, 17). Christian service as 
we know it here on earth will end in Glory, but communion 
and worship will never end (Luke 10:42). Scriptural inducer 
ments to find the presence of God and to feel the power of 
God are Matt. 18:20; John 14:13; John 14:23. 


"The tongue blessing God without the heart is but a tink- 
ling cymbal; the heart blessing God without the tongue is 
sweet but still music; both in concert make their harmony, 
which fills and delights heaven and earth." One of the best 
ways in which we can understand what true worship of God 
is, is to read over the great hymns which have, been the 
expression of the worshipping hearts of the men of all ages. 
For that purpose we suggest the following Hymns which 
may be read and studied first and then sung according to 
Colossians 3:16: "0 Worship the King," "0 For a Thousand 
Tongues to Sing," "All Hail the Power," "Come Thou Al- 
mighty King," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Love Divine," and "My 


are the mark and sign of those deep running lives who me- 
diate to the world the real spirit of God. An example of this 
is Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek who devotes the first half 
hour of his day to Bible reading and prayer. Read Isa. 40:31; 
Rev. 1:10; Gen. 28:10-22. 


I. THINGS TO TAKE TO CHURCH. 1. Your Bible. 2. A 
note book and pencil, and be on time. 3. A quiet and rever- 
ential, prayei'ful spii'it. 4. A longing for personal blessings. 
5. A desire to be a blessing as well as to receive one. 6. The 
love that "seeketh not her o-wn (1 Cor. 13:5)." 7. The con- 
sciousness that you are going to worship God in the name 
of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, and not to please 
yourself (Eph. 5:17-21). 

II. THINGS TO DO AT CHURCH. 1. Take your seat early 
and pray silently. 2. Sit at the front, and in the far end of the 
pew, that late'comei'S may be accommodated. 3. Cheerfully 
give seat or Hymnal to strangers. 4. Pray for the pastor and 
worshippers. 5. Note down texts, scripture references, strik- 
ing sentences and vivid illustrations. You may find use for 
them all. 6. Do promptly whatever is requested of the con- 
gregation. 7. At the close give a kindly welcome to stran- 

itude for the privilege of public worship. 2. Zeal for work 
with God in the, salvation of men. 3. Greater love for the 
souls of the indifferent and impenitent. 4. A new sense of 
joy of fellowship. 5. An inspiration for the coming week. 6. 
A resolution to invite someone to the next service. 7. A rev- 
erential spirit which will not stop to gossip or criticize, even 
in thought, either the preacher or his sermon. 


1. Giving as an Act of Worship. 

2. The Communion Service as a Worship. 

3. Making the Sanctuary Conducive to Worship. 

4. How to create an Atmosphere of Reverence. 

5. How Can the Individual Cultivate a Mood of Worship. 

6. The Ministry of Music in Worship. 

7. The Value of Christian Assembly for Worship. 

8. How to Cultivate the Presence of God. 




W. St. CIdir Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 





Topic for Ffebruary 4, 1945 


Scripture: Romans 12:1-5 

For The Leader 

It has been just sixty-four years ago on February 2nd, 
that Dr. Francis E. Clark gathered a small group of young 
people in his home in Portland, Maine. Such a meeting might 
have gone unnoticed by the world if it had not been for the 
noble motives back of it. For Dr. Clark was interested in 
more than just a meeting for the young people of his church. 
From the beginning, the Christian Endeavor movement has 
endeavored to uphold Christ and honor Him. 

We can only estimate the good work which C. E. has done. 
In talking to any church leader today we will discover al- 
most without exception, that his early days in the C. E. 
meetings were invaluable to him after he had entered the 
active work for Christ. 

Christian (Endeavor is Interdenominational in character. 
This makes it easily adaptable to our own church. We must 
realize the value of organized Christian youth in our denom- 
ination, and exert every effort to seeing that our youth are 
rightly trained as future leaders of our church. On this sixty- 
fourth birthday of Christian Endeavor, the sole aim of each 
rnembex should be to consecrate his or her life more definitely 
to Christ, for we are the church leaders of tomorrow. 


1. LIVING SACRIFICES. It is apparent as we look around 
us that each of us give ourselves over 100% to either Christ 
or Satan. We are living sacrifices, and whether we are sac- 
rificed to Satan or to Christ depends upon ourselves. A strik- 
ing point is that there is no middle ground. We cannot work 
for both Satan and Christ. One reason that Christian En- 
deavor has grown so much is that in the past, its leaders 
have, been fully sacrificed to Christ. As such they were able 
to devote full time to the cause to which they were given. 
Paul tells us that we are to present ourselves as living sac- 
rifices to God in such a way that we vrill be holy, and ac- 
ceptable to Him. God once said to Judah (Isa. 1) that He 
was sick of the sacrifices which they were making unto Him. 
Sick because their sacrifices were only outward, and not from 
the heart. When working for "Christ and the Church" we 
must give our whole heart and life,. As a result of so doing, 
we shall share in the great rewards which will some day 
be given to the loyal. 

2. THE WILL OF GOD. Youth has always had an adven- 
turous spirit. It is always ready to try something which prom- 
ises adventure. In a reverent way, we should be of the same 
enthusiasm with regard to seeking out the will of God. Cer- 
tainly if we are servants of God, He has some specific tasks 
for us to do. What this work happens to be is not always 
plainly evident. It is then that we need to question, pray, 
think, and determine just what our work is. We should not 
be so forward that we decide for ourselves what work we 
are to do and then ask God's blessing upon our choice. The 
most valuable servant in a household is one who is willing 

JANUARY 27, 1945 


to do his master's bidding at all times. Christ knows those 
who are his most trusted and valuable servants and Christian 
workers, because of their \villingness to be used as He so 
desires. There are consecrated young people in ©very locality 
where the gospel is being preached. These will continue to 
carry on the high ideals of Christ and of Christian Endeavor. 
It is a credit to us if we are marching in step with them to 
greater accomplishment for Christ under the supreme will 
of God, our heavenly Father. 

3. HUMBLENESS. A great trait of character which we all 
can develop is that of humbleness. Nobody loves a person 
who is proud and self-determined. We do need backbone to 
forge ahead when we know we are on the right track, but to 
mistake self-pride for backbone is something we. ought to 
watch. Backbone is necessary to do what is right, but We 
certainly need to be humble as we work. As humbleness is 

^ present in our character it will help us to be of more service 
to our God. Too often when a person is doing a good piece 
of work, and a little well deserved praise is given, that per- 
son takes the praise as a matter of pride,. This forecasts the 
. coming downfall of that person as a worker for God. Only 
as we realize our own dependence on God for strength, and 
realize that we are only instruments in His hands, can we 
be effectively used by Christ. We dare not glory of ourselves, 
but give praise to God for the praises we might receive from 
other people. We do need encouragment in working for Christ, 
but let words of encouragement as giveji to us only inspire 
us to a greater confidence in our God-given ability; seek to 
apply our energies even more definitely to His work. 

4. C. E. TRAINS YOUTH FOR CHRIST. Christian En- 
deavor is differejit, in its program in that it is one meet- 
ing in the church week which gives us young people a chance 
to conduct a meeting, take part, and express our views. Sun- 
day School and church hours are mostly conducted by adults. 
In C. E. we are able to act and work. In these meetings we 
gain valuable experience in expressing our thoughts, and the 
mechanics of leading a meeting. These things will help us 
later on when we are the church leaders. Here we are given 
opportunities to offer prayer, read scripture, give talks, sing, 
play, etc. In the larger field of service we are able to visit 
the sick, talk to other young people about coming to Christ, 
and render special services to our church. More than sixty- 
four years ago the young people of the churches had no spe- 
cial meeting of their own. The value of a Christian trained 
youth was not very vsddely recognized. Tonight we can be 
thankful for the far-seeing eye of one man. Dr. Francis E. 
Clark, who saw a youth society which would extend to the 

"^L far corners of the earth. We can be thankful, too, for our 
^^ own church organization of C. E. for youth, and its interest 
in the young people of our churches. Our duty is to keep 
our society going with our full cooperation to furthea- the 
knowledge of Christ as Savior, among the people of this 


1. What has C. E. done to help you? 

2. What can we do to make our meetings more helpful ? 


1. Ask a few adults who are former C. E. members to 
tell of the benefits which they received by attending and par- 
ticipating in C. E. meetings. 

2. Give a strong announcement before the Sunday School 
and the church. Invite all former C. E. people to be at your 
meeting this night. 

3. Your meeting could well be planned as a C. E. Alumni 

meeting. Invite your "alumni" attendants to read the scrip- 
ture, offer prayer, give short comments, etc. Perhaps such 
an effort on your part will give some of our adults a new 
insight into the, needs and interest of present day youth. 

4. One C. E. Society in our Brotherhood reports that they 
stay practically 100% for the evening church service follow- 
ing their meeting. They are striving to make it 100% every 
Sunday night. Try it in your society. 


Send all C. E. News Items 

To Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Milledgeville, Illinois 

Are you planning a special program for the, night of Feb. 
4th ? It's C. E.'s 64th anniversary. For a very interesting 
and helpful and enlightening C. E. Pageant, use "CHRIS- 
DATIONS." This has been written by two members of our 
National Christian Endeavor Board, Miss Margaret Lowory, 
our Lookout Superintendent, of Nurses Home, Washington 
County Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland; and Mrs. Francis 
Heck, our Junior Superintendent, of 809 Virginia Avenue, 
Hagerstown, Maryland. 

We are sorry that the pageant is a little longer than could 
be published in our allotted space in the Evangelist, and to 
cut it do^vn would destroy its beauty and its message. How- 
ever, copies can be secured from your News Editor at Mil- 
ledgeville, 111., or by writing directly to either Miss Lowery 
or Mrs. Heck at the address given above. It will take about 
15 minutes to give, the parts are easy, but to the point. 
Send for your copy today. 


Sunday evening, February 10th is to be "Quiet Hour" night 
in all Brethren C. E. Societies. Tlie topic for this all impor- 
tant phase of our C. E. work has been prepared by Rev. C. 
D. Whitmer. Rev. Whitmer, of South Bend, Indiana, is the 
Quiet Hour Superintendent of the National Christian En- 
deavor Board of the Brethren Church. This is the third in a 
series of topics especially prepared by the various Superin- 
tendents of the National C. E. Board to portray the work 
of their Departments. Give this topic the extra publicity it 
demands. It replaces the Interational topic for that night. 




By Aunt Margo 



Dear Boys and Girls: 

"Oh that I had wings like a dovel for then I would fly 
away and be at rest." Psalm 55:6. 

King David was one of the wisest of men; yet he is not 
ashamed to tell us that one day he could not help wishing 
for what he knew was impossible. He wished for wings. The 
reason was that he was so grieved with the wickedness of a 
great many of the people among whom he lived that he 
longed to get away to some quiet valley, among lonely moun- 
tains and forests, where he could be alone with God. So he 



said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then I would 
fly away, and be at rest." 

Other people besides King David have wished for wings. 
A little boy was sitting in school one bright summer morn- 
ing. Looking up from his book, he could see through the open 
window the finches and tomtits hopping among the trees, and 
the swallows skimming over the grass. And he could not help 
saying to himself, "Oh, that I had wings! for then I would 
fly out of school and do nothing but play with the birds, in 
the sunshine." He did not know that the birds were not at 
play, but hard at work, catching flies and grubs to feed their 
young ones. 

Perhaps you knew that little boy! Or was it a little girl 
you knew who wished for wings? Well, let me give you a 
little advice about this. 

Don't spend your time in wishing for wings, or anything 
else that is impossible. Not that there is anything wrong in 
a wish, unless what you wish for is wrong. Wishes will come 
flying into our minds as little birds sometimes hop in at an 
open window. But do not pet and fondle them. Let them fly 
away again. 

There is nothing wrong in King David's saying, "Oh, that 
I had wings!" But it would have been very wrong and very 
foolish if he had wasted his time in longing for wings and 
murmuring and grumbling because he could not have them. 

Wishing is profitless work, even for possible things. No 
one can ever get to the top of a mountain, or even to the 
top of a ladder, by just wishing he were up there. No! you 
must climb, step by step. 

God gave David something much better than wings. Read 
verses 16, 17 and 22 of Psalm 55 and look at the last six 
words of verse 23, and you will see how this was. Often God 
denies our wishes that He may give us something better than 
we ask or think. A pair of dove's wings would be useless un- 
less you had a dove's body; or eagle's wings, unless you had 
an eagle's body. One can't have everything. Yet I remember 
Paul says to real Christians, "All things are yours . . . and 
ye are Christ's." 

The Lord Jesus needed no wings to fly up to heaven. And 
we need no wings to get near enough to Him to talk to Him. 
When you pray to Him he listens, and hears every word as 
though He stood close to you. Ask Him to help you to use 
your hands and feet in His service. Love to Him will be bet- 
ter than the winged shoes you read about in Greek fables. It 
will make your feet swift and your hands nimble for every 
duty and every kindness. It will give wings to your thoughts, 
so that they will fly up to Him and then come back fresher 
and more earnest to your work. Then when the time comes. 
He will give you what is far better than wings : He will come 
and receive you to Himself, that where He is, you may be 
also. — Selected. 

Lovingly with prayer. 

Aunt Margo. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C Y. Gilmer 


1 John 3:2 

I. "NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD." Romans 8:14, 
16, 19; Philippians 2:15; Matt. 5:9; John 1:12; Gal. 3:26; 

Rev. 21:7. We have a magnificent title. It ought to appeal to 
the conscious nobility of Christians. But, "Behold, what man- 
ner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should 
be called the sons of God." God's fatherly love did not stop 
short of our receiving the title of "children of God," but also 
gave us the reality of sonship by making us "partakers of 
the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4)," so that we can enter into 
His thoughts, enjoy His approval and love, and can labor 
with Him to the advancement of His ends (2 Cor. 6:1). Our 
present innei- nature, the same nature which God shares 
vdth us, is not recognized by the world. When God appeared 
in Christ the world took Him to be an imposter. 

BE." As a result of our present blessedness we shall some 
day see God as He is. Then we shall have likeness to God, 
being made to "conform to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29; ^ 
Philippians 3:21)." Our future is to be our full growth in the l^j 
program of present, progressive and ultimate salvation. The 
Father loves us, not simply for what we are today, but for 
what we are to be! Today we are immature and have imper- 
fections. As "children of the resurrection" (Luke 20:36) all 

our imperfections will be removed and our growth will be 
unchecked. Our Lord will be manifested (Col. 3:4). We shall 
see Him as He is — not as He was when here in weakness 
and sorrow, but as He is in His glory, as King of men and 
Lord of worlds. Seeing Him as He is (Rev. 22:4) will complete 
our resemblance to Him (1 John 3:2). Then we shall no 
longer get our thoughts of God second-hand (1 Cor. 13:12), 
through earthen vessels, but direct from the Son of God 
Himself. The transformation will be both corporeal and spir- 
itual. When our Lord arose from the dead He took up His 
own identical body. It disappeared out of the grave clothes. 
Lazarus had to be loosed from his grave clothes. Our Lord's 
body appeared and disappeared (John 20:19, 26; Luke 24: 
32-43). "WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM." We shall have celes- 
tial bodies — "like unto His own glorious body," which was 
still human, without blood, consisting of glorified "flesh and 
bone" (Luke 24:39. Read 1 Cor. 15:50-54. Remember that 
the love which will bring all of this to pass is surpassingly 
WONDERFUL. We have here a great mystery. Paul, after he 
was caught up into Paradise, said it was not lawful to utter 
what he saw there (2 Cor. 12:1-4). Mystery in these things 
is merciful. Language cannot describe it. We could not bear 
the revelation of it and continue here (Phil 1:21-24). 

III. "WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM." After Moses had been 
with the Lord forty days and nights upon Mt. Sinai, the peo- 
ple were afraid of him upon his return to the camp because ^- 
his face shone (Exodus 34:29-35). Now read 2 Cor. 3:18. As ^B^ 
the children of God see Him as He is they become like unto 
Him. Spiritual resemblance to Him qualifies the soul to see 

Him even as He is (Matt. 5:8). Now the resemblance at best 
is only faint to what it shall be in the resurrection (Psalm 
18:15). Then will be the consummation of what we have of 
likeness to God along with the direct sight of Him. 

IV. "WE SHALL SEE HIM." Is this the motive that peo- 
ple, have for going to heaven ? Do they really want to see 
the Author and Finisher of our faith ? Or is it certain loved 
ones, primarily, that they want to see ? Should we see our 
loved ones before we see Him, I am sure they would say to 
us, "O do not tarry — this is the way to the throne — you must 
first see Him Who died for you!" Just to know that my 
loved ones are gazing as I upon that same blessed face "will 
be glory for me!" We want our loved ones and all mankind, 
for that matter, in heaven. We all need to think more about 
that soul winner's song, "I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For 

JANUARY 27, 1945 





Conducted by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 

The Berlin Brethren Church has a Thanksgiving Offering 
that totals $519.35. The W. M. S. of the church recently sent 
two barrels and a box of clothing and useful articles to our 
Lost Creek, Kentucky Mission. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ira C. Wilcox of 330 South Evaline St., Pitts- 
burgh, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on De- 
cember 25. Brother and Sister Wilcox are ardent suporters 
of the Brethren Church and her denominational institutions. 

Rev. W. S. Crick, the diligent pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Pittsburgh, has just concluded a double series of 
sermons delivered to the congregation since the first of Sep- 
tember. For his evening series Pastor Crick used the genej-al 
subject, "Messages in the Parables," and for the morning 
vyorship hour the series was "The Meaning of Worship." 
which was based on a study of the Tabernacle of Israel. 

Our busy Uniontown Pastor, Brother Dyoll Belote, is 
preaching for the Fair Chance Church of the Brethren on 
Sunday evenings. Brother Belote is a hustler for the Lord, 
trying to fill the gaps for the "duration." 

Norman Statler, 75, a prominent Johnstown business man, 
and at one time an outstanding leader in the First Brethren 
Church of that city, passed from this life on December 22, 
1944. He had been in failing health for several months, and 
was anointed in October by Elder C. A. Bame and the writer. 
Brother Statler was a son of Rev. Peter B. and Sarah (Hols- 
opple) Statler. His father was a minister of the Church of 
the Brethren. Funeral services were held by Rev. Ernest 
Weals of the Franklin Street Methodist Church and Rev. 
George H. Jones, Pastor of the Second Brethren Church. 

Rev. Herbert L. Goughnour, 63, pastor of the Tabernacle 
Congregational Church, Scranton, and a native of Johnstown, 
died December 21, 1944. Rev. Goughnour was a son of Rev. 
Benjamin Goughnour, who was a Brethreji pastor in this dis- 
trict, and Lydia (Nicodemus) Goughnour. He was a gradu- 
ate of Ashland Theological Seminary, Temple University, 
and Columbia University. He had an early pastorate in the 
First Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa, and later served in 
the First Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. He then was 
pastor at the Congregational Church at Nanticoke and from 
there went to Scranton. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. 
W. H. Darr, organist at the First Brethren Church, Johns- 

From the Apostolic Mission, 3039 Germanto^vn Ave., Phila- 
delphia, we learn that the work is going forward. Mrs. Leona 
Wallace, one of the earnest workers, anticipates a new Wom- 
an's Missionary Society in the near future. Mrs. Wallace 
gives special Bible and hymn instruction to a group of chil- 
dren on Friday afternoons from four to five o'clock. On De- 
cember 16 the Bethel Chapel Church paid the Mission a visit 
with gifts for the children. Thirty children took part in the 
Christmas exercises of the Mission. Just recently four new 
families have become interested in the work, which adds joy 
'to the workers. 

During the Ashland College Christmas recess, two semi- 
nary students, Theodore Kline, a converted Broadway song 
writer and Jewish Christian, and Archie Martin, made a gos- 
pel tour through the East. The Brethren Churches at Mason- 

tovsm, Vinco, Third Brethren of Johnstown, and the Apostolic 
Mission of Philadelphia were included in their schedule. 
Brother Kline is a talented song director and has an impres- 
sive testimony. Brother Martin preaches the Gospel with 
power. As youth these young ministers are endeavoring to 
stabilize our Christian youth in a time of confusion and 
shallow thinking. These Brethren make a splendid evangelistic 



News From Our 



This is a church that most of the brotherhood knows little 
or nothing about. This congregation at its origin, probably 
between 1906 and 1913, was a part of the Oak Hill congre- 
gation, but somehow this did not work very well, probably 
because this congregation is located about six miles from 
Oak Hill. Anyway, about 1913 Elder Auther Duncan organ- 
ized these people into a separate congregation, which is now 
known as the Gatewood Brethren Church, and has a member- 
ship of about 53. 

We also note that through all these years from 1913 till 
the present these people have not been counted in the total 
number of Brethren in our Denomination. They have not had a 
Brethren preacher to take any interest in them since Brother 
Ankrura was in Oak Hill some years ago, although during 
these years they have remained loyal and are still loyal Breth- 
ren. They are very fortunate to have a Church of the Brethren 
not far away, whose pastors have given them a service when 
possible all down through the years. 

The writer held a week of special meetings for these good 
people from November 20 to 27 with no visible results, al- 
though we trust that it was seed sown in good ground. We 
had a good meeting, with the Oak Hill people helping as much 
as possible with the choir and special music. 

The young people of the Oak Hill church gave their Christ- 
mas Dr^ma in the Gatewood church to a full house, with 
about 115 present. 

We certainly do ask an interest in the prayers of the en- 
tire Brotherhood for this newly found work which has been 
neglected so long. 

H. R. Garland. 


One quarter of a year has passed since our coming to Oal? 
Hill, and a good many things have taken place in that period 
of time. 

A week of special meetings was held by the pastor from 
November 12 to 19, with three reconsecrations and an average 
attendance of about 71 during the meeting. 

There have been some new organizations added to our 
church in recent months, such as a laymen's organization and 
a C. E. Society. We have turned the mid-week prayer service 
over to the laymen's organization, and they are doing a fine 

The young people of the church gave a Christmas Drama 



entitled, "The Empty Room." Even though the weather was 
bad we had about 125 present for this service. We are very 
thankful for such a loyal as well as an active group of young 
people such as we have here. 

At our business meeting the first Wednesday of January, 
1945, the treasurer's report showed an increase in finances 
for the last three, months of 1944 of $200.00. Brethren, this is 
what can be done when you have tithers in your church. At 
our October meeting there was not enough money coming in 
to meet the expense of the church, so, we just enlisted more 
tithers, of which we now have between twenty and twenty- 

For all these things we give God the glory, and ask an in- 
terest in your prayers that the Lord may continue to use us 
as to His honor and Glory. 

H. R. Garland. 


The last report from here, by the machine of the writer ap- 
peared in August. Our good editor from time to time has in- 
serted selections from our Bulletins which gave some of the 
high lights of the work here. 

There was a very good attendance of Masontown represen- 
tatives at the Missionary Rally at Johnstown in October. As 
has been announced, the Rally will be at Masontown in 1945. 

The regular work of the Church has been carried on under 
the limitations of the present time. The various offerings 
have been met as they were scheduled. Prof. M. A. Stuckey 
spent a Sunday evening with us and gave us the usual good 
message.. The writer had the opportunity of attending part 
of the Western District of Pennsylvania Conference of the 
Church of the Brethren held at Meyersdale. The hearty wel- 
come extended to Rev. Belote and myself assured us that we 
were not to be strangers in their midst. 

Dr. E. G. Mason and wife spent a Sunday night with us, 
he bringing a splendid message to an appreciative audience. 
Our large electric clock silently paces the messages of the 
speakers, waiting on none of them. Ted Kline and Arch Mar- 
tin from the Ashland Seminary brought us an evening of in- 
spiration and good will. 

Two large flags, the National and The Christian with a 
beautiful Circassian Walnut Honor Roll, were purchased. The 

Honor Roll at the present has upon it 60 names with others 
to be added in the near future. Fortunately so far we have 
no need of adding any Gold stars. 

The Primary Department gave a splendid program at the 
morning service the day before Christmas. The Young Peo- 
ples' Choir put on the Christmas Eve program. A picture of 
this Choir with the names will appear elsewhere in the Evan- 
gelist. Naturally we are proud of this group of young people 
in a day when it is not easy to interest this age. Uncle Sam 
has a number of former members of this organization. This 
choir is on the job with special numbers for various services. 
The four Franks sisters, singing together are unusual. In our 
morning audience for the preaching service our young people, 
are very prominent, usually averaging from the middle teen 
age down, about one third of the congregation. 

A very beautiful and touching Dedication and unveiling 
service was held for our Flags and the Honor Roll New Year'- 
Eve. According to the weather man we have the worst weath- 
er this Winter that has been known for 54 years, and the 
weather the last day of the old year seemed to make its 
contribution. Nevertheless we had a fine audience, for this 
service. The two flags were uncovered and the Honor Roll 
unveiled at the designated time by Private First Class In- 
graham DeBolt, home on furlough from the South west Pa- 
cific, and Jesse Yauger, a veteran of the First World War. 
The service was dismissed and after an interlude Miss Lenora 
Helmick took charge of an inspirational, Hymspirational ser- 
vice. This was enjoyed with splendid fellowship, with the 
cutomary refreshments. Just five minutes before the. advent 
of the New Year approximately 65 formed a friendship circle . 
and after a few moments of silent prayer for the boys and 
girls in the service of our Coimtry the writer dismissed with 
the closing prayer. 

Before this is likely in print we will be launched in our 
Revival effort with Rev. W. C. Benshoff doing the preaching. 
The work is not at all easy, and with many hearts saddened 
by messages coming into our midst, we somehow feel a dou- 
ble responsibility in attempting to bring comfort in these try- 
ing days. We covet the prayers of those interested in the 
advance of the work here upon earth. 

Freeanan Ankrum, pastor. 

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Interesting Items 2 

The Business Manager's Corner — G. S. B 3 

The Editor Thinks Aloud— F. C. V 3 

The Church and Peacetime Military Training- 
Rev. R. M. Singer 4 

Huge Beer and Whisky Profits By-pass the Farmer 5 

Fishers of Men— IV. The Place to Fish— Dr. C, F. Yoder. . 6 

The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E 6 

Prayer Meeting Topic — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 7 

Pennsylvania District News 7 

The Sunday School — A Spiritfial "Mater" — 

Rev. E. L. Miller 8 

Young Men and Boy's Brotherhood 9 

Our Children's Story — Aunt Margo 10 

The Church in Action 10 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 10, 1945 11 

With the Laymen 11 

Wedding Announcement 12 

News From Our Churches 12 

Laid to Rest lo 

as a new 100% church in Evangelist subscriptions. Brother 
Whitted also speaks of their Revival which will open Febru- 
ary 5th, with Rev. and Mrs. Harry Richer as the evangelistic 
party. He also says that in spite of the bad weather the 
Sunday School is keeping up well. 

letin that Brother Claud Studebaker will begin an evange- 
listic meeting there on February 4 and will continue until 
the 18th. Brother J. Milton Bowman is pastor. 

FROM THE LATHROP, CALIFORNIA, bulletin we learn ^ 
that other things that are contemplated by the Lathrop 
church are the following: A Laymen's organization which 
will help both men and boys of the church; The placing of 
The Evangelist on the 100% list, that is, in every home; A 
plan to get all the heads of families to attend the mid-week 
services for prayer and Bible study. There are others also, 
but these are the main ones. We surely wish them success 
in their undertaking for the Lord. Brother L. 0. McCartney- 
smith is the pastor. 

that our church united with the other churches of the city 
in the Union Week of Prayer. Brother Whetstone was the 
preacher on Thursday eveoiing with the services held in the 
Lutheran Church. The services were held in the Brethren 
Church on Wednesday evening. 

THE SMITHVILLE, OHIO, CHURCH gives us something 
.upon which to meditate. They observe the attendance rules 
as set forth by the plan which gives the Robert Raikes di- 
ploma. Here is the report: A total of thirty-four merited 
the Honor roll and diploma; twenty-two others were in at- 
tendance at, at least forty-five sessions of the Sunday School. 
Brother Dodds, the pastor, tells us that this means that 
approximately 40% of their average attendance for the year 
were in attendance at forty-five sessions during the year 
1944. Nine of these had perfect attendance for the fifty-three 
Sundays of last year. Yes, we had that many Sundays. Twelve 
only missed one Sunday. Is there another school, with mem- 
bership as scattered as the Smithville church, that can match 
this record ? We would like to hear from you if there is such 
in the brotherhood. Drop us a line, if you can qualify. » 

WHITE, pastor of the Lydia, Maryland, Brethren Church, 
says, "I guess I have been rather shy in advertising our 
church activities, but I assure you that we do have some 
fine programs at St. James. Recently we had a fine program 
of dedication of our flags. We also had a dedication program 
for our fine Honor Roll of Service Men which contains 28 
names. Both of these programs were greatly enjoyed by 
capacity audiences. We observed Watch Night \vith appro- 
priate ceremonies." We feel sure that these programs were 
of the finest type, for we received a copy of each. 

of the entertaining of two Sunday School classes in the Him- 
ilton Hotel, for the teachers, Brother and Sister Braden 
Ridenour. Appropriate gifts were presented to each as well 
as a joint gift of a $25.00 war bond. 

Brother Leatherman also reports the baptism of one man 

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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

"Better Late Than Never" 

Some one suggested that their church would not be able to 
take the Publication Day Offering on the last Sunday in Jan- 
uary on account of conflicting local plans. Such a situation 
is not likely to occur often, because this is a regular annual 
offering which practically all of us take into account in plan- 
ning our work for the year. But sometimes local events tran- 
spire to cause conflicts which we cannot avoid. In such cases 
we sugest that another date be set for the lifting of this offer- 
ing. It will be gratefully received, even though it should come 
lateu That goes for individual as well as church gifts. 
Our Goal — A 1007o Response 
We are ajixious to get an offering from every church in 
the brotherhood. If your church should have some other pro- 
ject on what seems in your judgment important and must 
be taken care of now, do not fail to sejid in your offering, 
even though you may not be satisfied with the amount. We 
would rather get a small offering from your church, than 
no offering at all. We don't know of any church but what 
has the loyal attitude, and we anticipate about a 98% re- 
sponse, but if the one or two cases that have come to our 
notice \vill accept our suggestion, we will have a 100% re- 

Vinco Continues at 1007c Church 
They are going to take the regular offering and at the 
same time raise money to continue, the Evangelist in every 
home of the congregation. Other renewals will be mentioned 

Muncie, Indiana, Also 
decides to go 100%. on Evangelist subscriptions, so writes 
their pastor, Brother E. D. Burnworth. That is what they 
are proposing to do, and we hope they succeed. The church 
there seems to have a slogan similar to the one we have 
for the Publishing House, "And the Lord said. Go Forward." 
And under the leadership of Brother Burnworth, we believe 
they will do that very thing. 

Two Flannelgraph Outfits 
have been received, including easel and board and some 
scenery. First come, first served. Who will be first? We may 
get more, but we can't tell when. Price $5.75 for easel and 
board; Easel only $2.50, postpaid, also a heavy brown cloth 
carrying case at. $1.75, postpaid. 

Still have some Testaments and Bibles 
Christian Workers Testaments at $2.00; genuine leather, 
$4.00; Bibles range from $4.25 to $10.00. Write us the kind 
you want. If we, don't have it, we will try to get it for you. 

Still Time to Get Commentaries 
on the Sunday School lessons. We have Peloubet's at $2.00; 
Arnold's at $1.00, and Tarbell's at $2.25. Higley's is out of 
print. They have notified us that next year's Higleys mil 
be increased in price to $1.25. Some of our schools buy this 
commentary in quantity, a copy for every teacher. So you 
know what to count on. 

Mimeograph Supplies and Paper 
We handle the "Speed-0-Print" brand. There is none better. 
At popular prices. Delivered postpaid. 


The Editor finds himself in "a strait betwixt two" with 
reference to when it comes to speaking of the offerings which 
are lifted in the months of January and February. In Janu- 
ary his intei'est is all tied up with the Publication Day mes- 
sage. Then comes February, the month that is devoted to 
the Benevolent Interest of the church. Of course this offer- 
ing comes very close to his heart, for, for years, he has beeai 
closely identified with the Benevolent work of the church. 

Just how to be fair in his stressing of these offerings has 
been a problem, and yet it is not such a problem after all. 
In fact there should be no problem when it comes to stress- 
ing offerings for the work of the church at large. Each and 
every offering which is asked for by the Conference is of 
vital importance. No one overshadows the other: Each has 
its place and should have a prayer and a gift from each and 
avery member of the church. For into the hands of each 
church member has been placed an obligation to support 
these interests by the very fact that tTiey are not personal 
in their content, but a definite part of the work of the church. 

While, it is true that often we find it hard to make up our 
minds as to where our greatest interest centers, yet if we 
would calmly sit down and face the whole situation, we would 
see at once that each of the interests of the church at large 
is really dependent on the other. If one fails, it immediately 
has its effects on all the others. That is where the personal 
responsibility comes in. 

Let us just suppose a case. Say, in one church alone, that 
church should decide to ignore all of the offerings save one 
(we are not daring to suggest which one) and put all their 
stress on that one offering to the exclusion of all the others. 
Pooling all their resources on this one offering would, of 
course, make a wonderful showing for this church before 
the church-at-large — but in this one field only. But consider 
what it would mean if a number of churches would do this 
same thing, choosing the same Interest in the same year! 
What would be the net result ? An unbalanced offering, with 
support going to one special phase of the work. But in reality, 
would that particular work take on a prosperous front? We 
scarcely tliink so. For it would be doing so at the expense 
of all the other Interests of the, church. 

It seems to us that there is a scripture that speaks of 
proportionate giving. Not alone does this apply in propor- 
tion to the amount that you have made, but in proportion to 
the needs of the Interests supported. 

We are now in the month of February. That momth has 
been designated as Benevolence Montji. It is the month set 
apart by General Conference for the Benevolent Interests. It is 
the time when all live, thinking members of the church go to 
the tithe or to the money laid aside for this purpose, and 
give, not to the Benevolence Board, but to the Lord for benev- 
olent purposes. We want you to think about it — pray about 
it — and act upon it. 

The next issue of The Evangelist is the Benevolent number. 
Read it thoroughly. 



The Gkurch and TPeacetime 

ilitary Training 

(An Open Letter) 

(The following is an Open Letter which was written by 
Brother Ralph M. Singer, for publication in the Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, Tribune. We are glad to pass it on to the read- 
ers of The Evangelist, trusting that action will be taken in 
all our churches regarding this most important phase of leg- 
islation. Why not write your congressman at once? — Editor) 

Can we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ sit and 
twiddle our thumbs while we see such a law as this passed 
^\^thout raising our voices in protest? For if such a law is 
passed it would be in contradiction to the things for which 
the Head of the Church stood. Jesus Christ Himself .said, 
"I came not to destroy men's lives . . . but to seek and to 
save that which was lost." 

In one breath we are told that we must have unconditional 
surrender in order to have an enduring peace, and in the 
next breath we are told that we must train our youth in 
peace-time for war. Does that make sense ? Compulsory mil- 
itary training in a deanocracy! We as the Church of Jesus 
Christ dare not sanction such laws as this. Arid to sit idly 
by, doing nothing, is simply conforming to the things of 
this world. We, as the body of Christ are told not to be con- 
formed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing 
of our minds (Romans 12:2). 

Who said that war is right ? Did Jesus Christ ? Jesus speaks 
very plainly in regard to the use of the sword. In Matthew 
26:52 He said, "Put up again thy sword into his place. For 
all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." 
Are not the nations that have lived by the sword going to 
perish by it? "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for what- 
soever a man (or nation) soweth that shall he also reap." 

Brethren in Christ, we must not sacrifice the whole Gospel 
of Jesus Christ just for the approval we might gain from 
the world. Let us who have named the name of Jesus as our 
Master appeal to our law legislators to Stand against the 
enactment of a law that would make our youth military 
minded. I congratulate the Johnstown Ministerial Association 
for their stand on this. 

Have we as a nation forgotten God? When we look at the 
staggering sums that are being spent to kill and to destroy 
we are led to ask the question, "How long can we continue 
to follow the road we are now on before we become a godless 
nation?" There has been only one reason why this country 
of ours has been great, namely, her belief in God and the 
Church of Jesus Christ. We say we love God and country. 
If so, can we now stand on the side lines and see those 
things that have made our country great trampled under 
foot? This great country of ours has always been a country 
of freedom and justice. Are we going to be fooled by those 
who would make us believe that by our bowing down to 
them they will give us the world? Recall that not so long 
ago we had the promise of how much better our land would 
be by the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. Our people 
were fooled with this promise for today we have the most 

hellish condition that ever existed in our land. Young ladies 
by the thousands are handing out booze to boozers. Where 
were the members of the Church of Jesus Christ when this ^ 
affair took place ? Jesus Christ said to His followers, "Ye ^K^ 
are the salt of the earth; but if the salt hath lost his savor, 
wherewith shall it be salted ? It is thenceforth good for 
nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of 
men." (Matt. 5:13). Again He said, "Ye are the light of the 
world; a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." (Matt. 5:14). 
Somewhere along the way we have been following the lead- 
ing of the Devil instead of our Master. We surely do like 
to be fooled! The Devil is using all his craftiness and cun- 
ningriess to entice our young folk — and some not so young. 
While the cigarette manufacturers are spending- millions for 
advertisements to entice and induce the youth to indulge in 
their product the churches sit idly by with their light on 
the subject hidden under a bushel. And now we are facing 
peacetime compulsory military training, a direct violation 
of democratic freedom, with a tendency to lead our youth in 
the wrong direction. It is impossible to teach our youth to 
follow Jesus Christ as the great example and at the same 
time teach them the way of war and destruction. There is 
only one way to have peace, and that is the way of the Great 
Physician who is able to heal our land. The plan of Repre- 
sentative Rich who wants a prayer meeting on Capitol Hill 
would be the. right way. We need to call upon the Great 
Physician to heal our land for it certainly is a sick country. 
People are turning everywhere but to the right source for 
comfort. If we want our boys to come home — I say "our boys" 
for I have three in the service and perhaps another will go 
— we must take the way our Creator and Redeemer has for 
us: "If My people which are called by My Name shall hum- 
ble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from 
their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will , 
forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles ^ 

Rev. Ralph M. Singer, 
Vinco, Mineral Point, R. D., Pa. 

• • • 

(The following marked section of Vinco, Pennsylvania, 
Brethi-en Bulletin came to the Editor's desk and we pass it 
on to the readers of The Evangelist as food for thought and 

"Peacetime Military Conscription commits this nation to a 
militaristic policy. Militarism demands first claim on all lives 
and resources of a nation. All life is organized around and 
subordinated to the art of waging war. We shall be trained 
to deal with other nations with a war-like attitude rather 
than in terms of friendly co-operation. A dictatorial govern- 
ment becomes a necessity as the nation seeks to compel its 

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 


citizens to become tools of the state in peace time as well as 
in war time. The principle of freedom so vital to our democ- 
racy is greatly curtailed. To teach and to practice the funda- 
mental principles of democracy and Christian living clashes 
with a militarized state of society. Any honest teaching and 
living of these principles would be directly contrary to the 
law of the land, and therefore many people shall be compelled 
to either seriously compromise their religious and political 
faith or else be punished by the state. 

"The Vinco Laymen's Association sponsors a petition 
against national peacetime conscription so that all who are 
conscientiously opposed to compulsory military training may 
register their position with our congressman." 

Huge Beer and Whiskey Profits 
By-pass the Farmer 

"The false claims of the liquor industry have again been 
deflated" declared Dr. J. Raymond Schmidt, General Super- 
intendent of the National Civic League, at the League's 
headquarters in the Maryland Building, 1410 H Street, N. W., 
Washington 5, D. C. "There is no foundation whatever to 
the industry's contention that it is an economic asset to the 
community and country, providing a market for the farmer's 
products, giving employment to labor, and making a large 
contribution to the nation's overall prosperity." 

Dr. Schmidt went on to say that "the best refutation of 
the distorted claims of the distillers and brewers comes from 
a recent analysis made by William Paul Walker, an agri- 
cultural economist fully competent to make such a study. 
Mr. Walker reported on this phase of the alcoholic beverage 
problems at a recent Good Templar convention. His findings 
constitute a new approach to the problem and represent a 
valuable contribution to the temperance literature of the 
post-repeal period." 

Prof. Walker's challenging report reads as follows: 

"Warren M. Persons in 'Beer and Brewing in America,' 
states, in substance, that the revival of the brewing Industry 
opened up a large market for farm products, requiring the 
yearly cultivation of 3,000,000 acres of land in supplying 
farm products used in beer production. 

"Based on average yields of crops used in making beer, 
average pounds of materials used per barrel of beer pro- 
duced for the five years, 1939 to 1943, and allowing for loss 
or shrinkage in converting farm products to base materials 
used in brewing, the equivalent of 4,100,000 acres of land is 
required to raise the crops used in making the 76,900,000 
barrels of beer reported as being tax-paid for the 12 months 
ending June 30, 1944. This acreage represents 0.9 of one 
per cent of all land in crops and plowable pasture in the 
United States. 

"Assuming a premium above average farm prices paid 
for crops used in brewing, farmers received in 1943 about 
$154,237,000 for their crops sold for beer making. Allowing 
for wastage in .bottling and in selling draught beer, and 
assuming a retail price of twelve cejits per 16 ounces of beer, 
excluding excise taxes, the 76,900,000 barrels of beer sell at 
retail for approximately $2,236,000,000. Therefore, farmers 
receive 6.9 cents of the retail dollar spent for beer made prin- 
cipally from farm products. If federal and state eixcise taxes 

are included in the retail price the farmers get only 5.3 cents 
of the retail dollar. 

"This national picture can be illustrated more, clearly per- 
haps if a farm is used as the basis for comparison. Let us 
compare the use of land in producing milk with its use for 
producing raw materials for brewing. Five acres of land 
will produce the feed for a cow giving 6500 pounds of milk 
per year. The farmer gets $201 for the milk (in 1943) which 
sells at retail for $384 (in 1943). Therefore, the farmer re- 
ceives 52 cents of the. retail dollar spent for milk. 

"However, the five acres will produce the equivalent of 
materials used in making about 63 barrels of beer. This beer 
sells at retail, excluding excise taxes, for $1,875. The farmer 
gets $127 for his crops sold for brewing, or 6.7 cents of the 
retail dollar for beer. If excise taxes are included in the price, 
the farmer received 5.2 cents of the beer retail dollar. 

"Based on average yields of crops used in making whisky, 
average pounds of materials used per gallon of whisky made 
during the three years, 1939 to 1941, and allowing for loss 
and shrinkage in converting farm products into base mate- 
rials for distilling, the equivalent of 1,239,500 acres of land 
is required to raise the farm products used in making the 
141,400,000 gallons of whisky reported as being tax-paid for 
the 12 months ending June 30, 1944. 

"At $6 per proof gallon, excluding excise taxes, consumers 
will pay $848,000,000 for that amount of whisky. Based on 
farm prices, plus premiums, farmers would receive $35,300,- 
000 for their products used in making the whisky. Therefore, 
farmers receive. 4.2 cents of the retail dollar spent for whisky, 
if excise taxes are excluded, or 1.5 cents of the retail dollar, 
if such taxes are included in the retail price. 

"Again let us bring the national comparison down to an 
individual farm basis. Five acres of grain fed to hogs will 
product 1570 pounds of liveweight pork. This pork sells at 
retail for $309 in 1943. The farmer gets $219 for his hogs, 
or 71 cents of the retail dollar spent for pork. 

"However, the five acres will produce the equivalent of 
materials used in making about 672 gallons of whisky, which 
retails for $4,032, excluding excise taxes, or $10,920, includ- 
ing excise taxes. The farmer receives $164 for his grain sold 
for distilling. Thus, the fai'mer gets 4.1 cents of the retail 
dollar spent for whisky, if excise taxes are excluded from 
the price, or if included, 1.5 cents of the retail dollar. 

"Farmers get from 25 cents to 75 cents of the retail dol- 
lar (in 1943) spent for most of the important foods. In con- 
trast, farmers get from 4 cents to 7 cents of the retail dol- 
lar spent for whisky and beer made from farm products, if 
excise taxes are excluded, and, if included, from 1.5 to 5.3 
of the retail dollar. It should be noted, however, that some 
of the grain used in brewing and distilling is recovered and 
utilized as livestock feed. 

"The total acreage of land used in producing the crops for 
brewing and distilling purposes (excluding crops used in pro- 
ducing wines) is equivalent to about 1.2 per cent of all land 
in crops and plowable pasture in the United States. Farm in- 
come from the sale of such crops to manufacturers of alco- 
holic beverages (excluding wine) is equivalent to only one 
per cent of the total farm cash receipts from marketing farm 
products -in the United States in 1943. 

"It is obvious that the manufacturing of beer and whisky 
offers limited opportunity to the American farmers as a 
whole in disposing of their crops. In fact, the depletion of 
consumer income by the purchase of alcoholic beverages to 
the extent of $6,000,000,000 a year could mean that fewer 
dollars are available for buying the necessities of life, the 
production of which most farmers depend upon for a living." 




Fishers of lllen 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

Sometimes people are found standing idle because as t'hey 
say, "There is so much to do that I don't know whei'e to 
begin." That is the condition of mind of some who would 
like to do personal work. They need the companionship of 
some experienced worker who has learned how to begin. In 
soul-winning, as in everything else, we will do well to follow 
the example of Jesus. He began at home in Galilee and then 
went to Jerusalem and Judea and the regions beyond, but 
when He gave the great commission to the cliurch which 
began in Jerusalem on Pentacost, the order was: Jerusalem, 
Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. Acts 

Some are more timid about beginning at home, than they 
are with strangers. "A prophet is not without honor save 
in his own country," yet our lirst duty is to those who can 
be most rapidly reached. It is the duty of Christian parents 
to "bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord." Eph. 6:4. Sometimes parents make the terrible 
mistake of riot allowing their cMldren to be converted until 
they are growTi and "understand what they are doing." I 
have seen children under ten years of age. who have had a 
better experience of conversion than their parents. It is a 
sad day for parents when, as sometimes happens, children 
plunge into sin because the parents refuse their permission 
to become members of the church. I know of one case in 
which a dying girl said to the weeping parents, "I am lost, 
and it is your fault." How different the case of the dying 
girl who said to her parents, "I am going to tell Jesus how 
all my life, you have been teaching me to love Him." Children 
and young people when converted can begin to give their 
testimony to their companions, and, without presuming to 
preach to them, can often win them to Christ. 

But our responsibility does not end with our own home. 
There, are neighbors and friends and acquaintances with 
whom we can converse and to whom we therefore have a 
responsibility. To Peter and other apostles it was said by 
the magistrate, "Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doc- 
trine." Of how many Christians can that be said today? And 
if they did hear such words how many could say, "We can- 
not but speak of the things that we have heard and seen?" 
Yet these people are our neighbors and soon we must give 
an account of our attitude toward them. Can we not at" least, 
put some of them on our list for prayer and visitation ? 

What about our political neighbors ? More and more the 
Central and South American republics are looking to the 
United States for help. The greatest help we give them is 
not military or financial, but spiritual. Too much temporal 
aid pauperizes a people spiritually, but spiritual aid enriches 
a people, both materially and spiritually. The missionaries to 
these countries are the best ambassadors of good will that 

can be sent and the enemies who oppose are of the class of 
. the scribes and Pharisees who caused the crucifixiori of Christ. 
Even though our government could conspire with them to 
deny passports to new missionaries, there are ways to carry 
on the work, and young people can choose no better calling, 
or believers find a bettei- use for their money than to help 
to complete the evangelization of these countries. 

But even with them our responsibity does not end, because 
our marching ordej's (Matt. 28:19) carry us on to the ends 
of the earth. "The world is my parish," said John Wesley, 
and it should be ours as well. We will have won the war in 
vain if after winning it we allow to, flourish the same cancer- 
ous roots of sin and crune and vice that still curse the world. 

And what about the Jews? Although a small people, their 
suffering and their contributions in crucial points at crucial 
times make them one of the greatest of the allies. We too, 
are debtor to the Jews and should help them to know their 
Messiah. The Balfour treaty was ratified by the League of 
Nations and cannot be abrogated without dishonor. But more 
important than to restore, to them their country is the work 
of bringing them into the kingdom of Christ. History shows 
that a larger percent of Jews in proportion to their num- 
bers are converted to the Gospel than that of any other race. 
With their growing interest in the New Testament they will 
be prepared for the time of restoration. 

It is a temptation to visit only in the homes of friendly 
people, but Jesus came not to call the righteous but sinners 
to repentance, and whenever there are lost souls, there the 
Gospel witness should be given. If those who hear reject it, 
then they and not we, are responsible, and we should strive 
to preach where Christ is not known' "lest we build upon 
another's foundation." Rom. 15:20. 

The effort to keep the peace of the world by force alone 
will fail. "There is no peace, saith my God, for the wicked." 
"The wicked are like a troubled sea that cannot rest." We 
must launch out into this troubled sea as loyal fishers of men, 
bearing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, or some one 
else will be called and we will miss our reward. The soul 
winner's crown is for winners of souls. Phil. 4:1; 1 Thess. 



The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E. 


By Mary Musser 

Christ calls youth to leadership. What words! Webster 
says, "Leade,rship is to show the way or to guide." What a 
wonderful position that is for the youth of the present day 
when such a definition is applied. 

Christ does call youth to leadership because, during these 
trying times and after the present day situation, we will 
need good Christian leadership. It is a privilege of the youth 
today that generations before them did not have. The youth 
today have the freedom of press, speech and religion to 
carry on the work of Christ. 

Another thing we learn is to be good leaders or to show 
the way, we have to be called when we are young. The young 
people can grasp newer things faster than older people can 
be trained. They can change their habits, their thoughts, 
and their tasks to fit the work that Christ has called them 
to do. 

FEBEUARY 3, 1945 


In our churches today there are openings for all the young 
people. Our choirs need singers. Ushering, teaching, playing, 
taking part in plays, and personal work are all open places 
for the youth that Christ calls. After receiving experience 
from these jobs we are trained for Sunday School Superin- 
tendent, Pastor, Deacon, Deaconess, and Missionaries, as well 
as other places. These ranks are constantly being depleted by 
death, sickness and other reasons. We need to be called for 
this work for the leadership which our churches shall be 
needing later on. 

Isaiah listened to God. He heard Him call and answered 
with his immortal words, "Here am I, send me." Are the 
youth of today listening to the voice of God saying, "Who 
will go for us?" and can the youth willingly answer with 
heart, soul and body, "Here am I, send me?" 

So "Let Christ Call Youth to Leadership." 

Berlin, Pa. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 


1 John 3:3 

I. PURIFIED BY HOPE. Since we have the hope, based 
upon God's promise, of becoming like Him, we should ever 
keep this prospect in view and live up to it. Hereafter we 
shall be like God; therefore here we must strive to be as 
pure as He is (Lev. 9:44); 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; Matt. 5:48). That 
is, every one who has such a hope as this will sincerely AIM 
at becoming like God now. If we were as eager to please the 
Father as Christ was while in His flesh on earth, we would, 
like Him, keep in constant communion with the Father, Who 
said, "I live by the Father," "I am not alone," "The Father 
knoweth Me, even so know I the Father," "The Father is in 
Me, and I in Him," etc. Here Christ has set us an example. 
Christ had perfect conformity to God. 

The children of God need moral purification. They are not 
entirely freed from sin, and sin pollutes the soul. To indulge 
in sin is or to cease to strive after holiness is virtually to 
renounce hope. His purity is our pattern toward which we 
should strive all our lives for here is a test of Christian char- 
acter. The work of the Holy Spirit in the soul goes on through 
the believer's life, reaching its consummation at the coming 
of the Lord when the saved in His glorified, sinless body, the 
Church, will be presented. Sanctification by the Spirit is in- 
ternal and progressive through our Christian life on earth. 
Sanctification by the Word brings external results in Chris- 
tian living and is progressive. 

But at the beginning of our Christian career we were 
washed, sanctified, and justified by the blood of Christ. When 
we. are born again the walk of faith begins. We are told 
how to behave by giving heed to the Word, to judge our- 
selves by the Word and to be cleansed by the Word. We are 
urged to walTc according to 1 John 2:6. Wherein we fail we 
should follow James 5:16 and 1 John 1:9. We are not to 
look to ourselves for purification but to use the appointed 
means, trusting in the efficacy of Christ's blood, confessing 
sins, employing the ser\'ices of our Advocate (1 John 2:1). 
We are to associate with these the exercises of prayer. Scrip- 
ture reading, with the struggle after purity in our daily 

HOPE. Read Rom. 5:5; Titus 2:13; 2 Thess. 2:16; 1 Peter 
1:3. The possession of this hope marks us from the unbe- 
lieving world (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). The ground of this 
hope is on God and what He has promised (Numbers 23:19; 
Titus 1:2). Our hope is set on Christ. He is the central Object 
of the hope. He has promised to fulfill our hope. His death 
and resurrection make it sure of realization: to all who put 
their confidence in Him. 

This blessed hope will be fulfilled in His blessed appear- 
ing. Those who cherish this hope will aim to "perfect holi- 
ness in the fear of God." As His disciples they will discipline 
their nature by training, doing, bearing and resisting (1 Cor. 
9:24-27). He who cherishes the Christian hope will aim at 
being pure. Apart from holiness, hoping is impossible (Heb. 
12:14). The expectation of seeing Christ hereafter keeps us 
by His side now. This hope drew us out of sin, and as an 
abiding and living hope, guards and guides us (1 Tim. 6:14; 
Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7; Malachi 3:2). Not to grow in purity 
is to show pretense of hope. Not to have such a hope is 
grievous sin, throwing doubt and wrong upon God. Man's in- 
difference and unbelief reduces him to a state of hopeless- 
ness. With nothing to lighten his heart there is nothing to 
brighten his face. His spur to purity is gone. Apart from 
the hope of immortality there is no ground nor reason for 
purity, except to that extent that men fear the judgment 
(Heb. 9:27). 



(*T**i**j* •I'V'I'VVVV "I"*I**I" "I"* 


Conducted by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 

Apostolic Mission, Philadelphia 

Brother Isaac D. Bowman, 3039 Germantown Ave., Zone 
33, Philadelphia, Pa., is holding forth in pioneering as a home 
mission worker without financial support from any authorized 
mission board in the Brethren Church. This work is called 
The Apostolic Mission. The regular preachers at the mission 
are Brother I. D. Bowman, L. A. Clifford, and Milton Robin- 
son, who is pursuing his seminary work. These brethren 
preach gratis at the mission. Brother Bowman, who will be 83 
years of age on March 7, walks some days from 25 to 50 
city blocks in mission visitation work. At his own personal 
expense he is having 40,000 tracts printed on Brethren doc- 
trines. Most of these tracts he hopes to use in mission work. 
Mrs. Leona Wallace is helping in the mission work this win- 
ter. She is an expert musician and a children's worker. She 
meets ■with the children every Friday from 4 to 5 in the af- 
ternoon for special instruction. New Sunday School pupils 
are seen in the children's department nearly every Sunday. 

Beginning February 3rd there will be launched a four 
weeks' revival at the mission with Rev. S. E. Christiansen, 
pastor of the Brethren Church, Georgetown, Delaware, as 
evangelist. The special effort will continue until March 4th. 

The laymen of the Pennsylvania District have obligated 
themselves to aid in the Apostolic Mission work to the ex- 
tent of one dollar a member. But where the laymen are not 
organized no action is obtained, unless the individual layman 
takes it upon himself to support the Mission. Brethren, that 
four weeks' campaign for souls in the Apostolic Mission is 
going to cost money, and if the laymen of the Pennsylvania 
District will kindly hasten to get their means into the hands 
of the Laymen's District treasurer, Brother C. G. Lenhart, 
R. 1, Conemaugh, Pa., you can come to the help of the Lord 
when there is need. Pray for conversions in this meeting in a 
great city; pray for all the workers there. 





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"Tc'icbing ihem to obien.t jII ihings whoisocccr f havc contrr-jriJcd you. 


Vice President 

Gcnerjl Secretary 

DR. L E LINDOWER. Director 

The Sunday School -- A Spiritual Mater 

Rev. E. L Miller 

Again referring to Robert Raikes arid his movement which 
eventually became the Sunday school of today, we would 
say that he did the world a great service when he took the 
New Testament as a text book in his new work. This brought 
spiritual power to bear on the young folks congregated with 
him. And who among us today would not say that the Sun- 
day school is a GREAT Spiritual Mater or MOTHER? The 
Bible is not read as much in the home today as in years 
agone and neither do we learn our prayej-s at mother's knee 
as much today as they say we used to in days of yore. With 
all the spiritual illiteracy among us I feel that the mother's 
Knee idea was really a good idea but that it was not worked 
as much as folks like, to believe it was. As for this writer, 
he fully believes that the Sunday school has done most of the 
spiritual leading and teaching for the young of our land 
for a long while. So we would call the Sunday school our 
great Spiritual Mother. 

Again, count the numbers going into Christian service and 
then ask them where they got their first impulses for such 
work and where the first teachings that brought them to 
Christ were given, and I feel very safe in venturing that 
your answer will be, "In the Sunday school." As the greater 
number of the members of the Protestant churches came 
through the Sunday school, so your missionaries, ministers 
and other Christian workers got their start in the Sunday 
school. So the church might well put time, effort and even 
money back of the Sunday school and its work. 

When we use the word Mater, or Mother, we. refer to some 
one or some things that has had something to do with the 
beginning of things or with fostering something in need of 
careful attention. Here the Sunday school really makes the 
grade and can be classed as a true Mater or Mother in the 
spiritual field. 

The use of the New Testament in the public schools of 
the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries made the stal- 
wart and sensible writers of the New England of a century 

or less ago. Would to God that the New Testament and 
McGuffey were still the mental arid spiritual food of the 
school children of our land instead of the inane stuff that 
is being pounded into the heads of our youth. But since it 
is as it is in the public schools, the Sunday school has sim- 
ply stepped into the breach and along with the regular Sun- 
day school sessions and teaching, the Sunday school has fos- 
tered the Daily Vacation Bible schools arid also the teachings 
of the Bible as a part of the regular work in the, sessions 
of the public schools, the Sunday schools and churches paying 
the teachers and all expenses connected with the work. Surely 
this must be classed as real mothering the, children of our 
communities in spiritual things. 

I had a man tell me some years ago that he was born a 
human being and brought up a Lutheran. Arid he said it 
seeriis that both "took," as you would say iri vacciriatiori. Yes, 
both took, arid how did he get the second? Well, he, attended 
a Lutheran Sunday school and Lutheran catechetical classes, 
and that was not left to chance. The moral of this is that 
other young folks cari be brought up iri the traditions of the 
church arid with deep convictions spiritual when the Sunday 
school does its work. The sad part of it being that if the 
Sunday school falls down there may not be any spiritual 
development on the part of the youth. So since folks are not 
born Christians by virtue of being born into this world of 
humans, but that they are made such only by the influence 
of God's Spirit coming upon them for a rebirth, we must 
gather them together and give them the opportunity of meet- 
ing up with God early in life, and come to know Jesus as 
their very own good Friend and Savior. 

As our Christian program is now being carried on, if the 
Sunday school fails in the role of fostering mother, mul- 
titudes of our children are doomed to Christless lives and a 
Christless eternity. This will happen because no other organ- 
ization or institution is active in this field of service, the 
home itself having fallen down miseraly in doing what it 

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 


should be doing to give the little ones a proper spiritual start 
in life. 

So we close by saying that the Sunday school is the GREAT 
fostei'ing mother in things spiritual and as such should have 
our heartiest support and encouragement. Let us not tell the 
children to go to Sunday school, but since it is good for all 
of us let us gather them up and take them where the in- 
fluences will all be for better moral and spiritual develop- 
ment — The Sunday School of Our Faith and Choice. 

— Maurertown, Va. 



Young Men and Boys' 





By Joe Shultz, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Brotherhood 

The first Boys' Brotherhood Convention ever held as a Dis- 
trict conclave in The Brethren Church was conducted at the 
Third Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, November 
SJ.4 and 25, 1944. There was a registration of thirty-five 

Eacli of the four sessions of the convention was initiated 
with a twenty minute devotional period in charge of four 
different Brotherhoods respectively, Berlin, Morrellville, Vin- 
co Junior, and Vinco Senior. The main feature of inspiration 
in a varied program was a series of talks entitled, "The Boy 
and His Play Life," "Tlie Boy and His Prayer Life," "The 
Boy and His School Life," and "The Boy arid His Church 
Life." . These talks were given by Rev. Chester F. Zimmer- 
man of the District Christian Endeavor Board and of the 
Juniata Camp faculty; Harold Parks, Sr., member of the 
District Boys' Work Committee; Walter Wertz, President 
of the Cambria County Brethren C. E. Union, and also the 
District Sunday School Board; and by James Barkhymer, 
an active layman in the Third Brethren Church, Johnstown. 
These well chosen topics gave back-bone to the convention. 

During the several sessions we were favored with special 
music: a trombone solo by Joe Shultz, a piano solo by Charles 
Thomas, and a vocal duet by Doris and Glenn Benshofl'. Open 
discussion was held on, "How to Meet Individual, Local, Dis- 
trict, and National Objectives." These discussions were led 
by Robert Blough, Brotherhood Adviser, Third Church; Fred 
W. Brant, Brotherhood Advisei-, Berlin; and C. Y. Gilmer, 
Brotherhood Adviser, Vinco. The Brotherhood boys expressed 
their views, and an exchange of ideas proved helpful. 

The following District officers were elected: President, 
William Cober, Berlin; Vice President, Herbert Croft, Min- 
eral Point; Secretary, Joe Shultz, Berlin; and Treasurer, 
Henry Pritz, Berlin. From a list of ten probable District 
projects, which were suggested by Rev. Chester F. Zimmer- 
man, three were chosen with the following order of emphasis: 
an altar set for Camp Juniata, Bibles for the blind, and pic- 
tures for Kentucky. 

The boys not only enjoyed the work, but also play time. 
We had a poor-times party following the Friday evening ses- 
sion in which Brother Fred W. Brant treated all to a dish 
of ice cream. And on Saturday afternoon we had a swim at 

the Y. M. C. A. A good time was certainly had by all. 

We left the conference with new inspiration, new zeal and 
enthusiasm, determined to have a bigger and better Brother- 
hood. We closed each session by singing our Brotherhood 
theme song, which we think characterized the spirit of true 
brotherhood. And with the theme song we close our report. 

(Tune: "Blest Be the Tie.") 

Our Brotherhood is fine 

To help us all, in Christ; 

Our lives to live, our souls to find, 

His cross and sacrifice. 

Our Brotherhood declares 

That we, all Brethren be; 

And lift our hands in kindly cares, 

In love and sympathy. 

Our Brotherhood shall sei-ve. 

The church, our loving Lord 

Is building now, for heav'n reserved, 

A blessing in the world. 

Our Brotherhood shall pray, 

Shall worship Him on high; 

And search His Book, to see His way. 

His will, with single eye. 

Our Brotherhood has faith 

That life is now for all. 

Who, Christ believe, obey that faith. 

Are rescued from the fall. 

The Young Men's Brotherhood, Brush Valley Brethren 
Church, Adrian, Pa. 

Left to right: Robert Gray; Roy Bowser, President; Homer 
Early; Earl John, Vice President; Merle Gray, Treasurer; 
Ellis Pinkerton, secretary; Kenneth Hooks. Delbert Lasher, 
Assistant Secretary, is not pictured. There are at present 
forty-six boys in the military service who were at one 
time members of this group. The home boys are sponsoring 
the tract project to the service men. Rev. Percy C. Miller 
is the pastor of the church. 

The Christian religion is unique in its teaching as to the 
Atonement, the conditions of Salvation, the believer's union 
with a personal Redeemer, and the whole contents of the 
saving Gospel of Christ. — George Hanson. 






By Aunt Margo 



Dear Boys and Girls: 

"And Enoch walked with God." Genesis 5:22. 

This is a short account to give of a life that was three 
hundred years long; but is a very satisfactory account. 

What we are told is that "Enoch walked with God." And 
the question we have to try and answer is this: "What sort 
of a walk is a walk with God?" 

And in answering this question there are four things about 
the walk about which I wish to write. 

In the first place, if we walk with God we shall find that 
we have a safe walk. There are many dangerous places in 
which people walk that if we would walk vsrith God as Enoch 
did, He will guard us and make the path in which we are 
walking safe and secure. 

But in the second place, walking with God is a useful 
walk. Sup^pose that you and I were taking a walk through 
the wards of a hospital. It is full of people who are suffer- 
ing from accidents and all different diseases. And suppose, 
like our blessed Lord, we had the power to heal the sick and 
suffering people, in that hospital. Then we might well say 
our walk through that hospital was a useful walk. 

But we have no such power as this to cure the diseases 
from which the bodies of men are suffering. Yet this may 
afford us a good illustration of what we can do for the 
souls that are suffering around us, wheji we become Chris- 
tians and walk with God. 

Walking with God is a pleasant walk. When we are taking 
a walk there are several things that will help to make up 
the pleasure to be found in that walk. If we have a guide 
to show us the, road; if we have a pleasant companion to 
talk with as we go on our way; if we have plenty of refresh- 
ments — nice things to eat and drink; if there are bright and 
cheerful prospects around us; and especially if we are sure 
of a nice, comfortable home to rest in when our walk is 
ended — these will help to make it pleasant. 

So when we walk with God, we have our guide, our com- 
panion and our home. 

Walking with God is a profitable walk. We see a good deal 
of walking done without much profit. But sometimes we hear 
of people who are able to make their walking pay. Jesus says 
that if we give a cup of water to one of His disciples, or if 
we suffer for Him, or do any work for Him, we "shall receive 
manifold more, in this present tinie, and in the world to come, 
life everlasting." 

And if such rewards are given to those who walk with 
Him, then we may say that walking with God is profitable. 

Enoch was a model walker because he "walked with God." 
Let us "walk in the light as He is in the light arid we. shall 
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin." 

Lovingly with prayer, 

Aunt Margo. 

The truly useful person is so busy being useful that he 
hasn't time to consider how useful he, is. 

The Chvrch in Action 


Brother C. W. Yoder, of Wichita, Kansas, sends us the fol- 
lowing clipped from the January issue of The Christian Her- 
ald, which he feels will be of interest to the readers of The 
Evangelist : 

A leading American preacher the other day made the state- 
ment that the rural church in America is iri a lot healthier 
condition than the urban church; he called the country church 
"the real backbone of America." Well, we like the rural 
church; we'd give a lot to live out there and worship out there 
— but just after we heard the parson say that, along comes 
a bulletin from the National Lutheran Council with some ^- 
flgures on the rural situation that makes us wonder . . . fc- 

In the average rural church in America, there are ninety- 
eight members, says the bulletin. One-fifth of these members 
are classed as inactive; one-eighth of them no longer live 
in the community but still retain their memberships. Between 
1924 and 1930, while population in 140 rural communities 
increased by 23,500, total monthly church attendance de- 
creased by 10,045. 

Seven-tenths of the country churches have non-resident 
pastors; less than one-tenth of them have full-time, resident 
pastors. Eighty-six per ceait of our "open country" churches 
have Sunday schools; on any given Sunday, about two-thirds 
of the enrollment is present in the school. More than half 
of the Protestant clergy in the country lack both college 
and seminary training and degrees. The average country 
preacher has a salary of $1600 for resident, $1000 for non- 
resident, one-fourth of them work part-time at some other 
occupation, nearly three-fifths of them are, over 45 years 
of age, and one-tenth are over 65. 


We. glorify Thee, Lord God, that Jesus Christ by His death 
on the Cross has broken the power of sin' to destroy us, and 
that by His Resurrection He has delivered us from the do- 
minion of death. 

With thought of our dear and holy dead, we thank Thee 
for our assurance in Christ that by the. grave they have 
entered into life; and we pray Thee to comfort with the same 
the hearts of those who, at this time of war, are remembering 
graves of honour on fields of battle or in the sea. K 

With thought of our continuing earthly life, we confess 
with shame that by our sins we are cx'ucifying the Saviour 
afresh and going ourselves in the way of death. 

We pray for the spirit of sincere repentance and for the 
renewing grace of Thy forgiveness, that by the power of the 
Risen Christ we shall win a daily victory over our own sins 
and over the powers of evil, and shall even now be living 
witnesses of whai Christ's Resurrection means. 

Hasten, we humbly beseech Thee, the day of. victory; and 
give us such grace that by our Christian peacemaking the 
blood being shed for freedom shall not have been spilled in 
vain, but shall ensure a holier and a happier world; for the 
sake of Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. Amen. 

— From Life and Work. 

Wherever the Word of God is sincerely preached and the 
sacramejits (baptism and the Lord's Supper) are daily ad- 
ministered according to Christ's institute, there is a church 
of the Living God. — John Calvin. 

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission," 



C. E. Topic for February 10, 1945 


Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 
Ephesians 5:1; Ephesians 6:11, 12. 

(This topic of- the Quiet Hour for use in Brethren C. E. 
Societies tonight, has been prepared by Rev. G. D. Whitmer, 
of South Bend, Indiana. Rev. Whitmer serves on the Chris- 
tian Endeavor Board in the capacity of Quiet Hour Super- 
intendent. We thank him for his fine and helpful subject 
and discussion for our use tonight.WSB) 

For The Leader 

In our discussion for this eveaiing we are going to deal 
with the things that will mould us into better men and wom- 
en. lEach of us has a life to live. How shall we live it, that 
it may be a life wholly acceptable to our Leader and Mas- 
ter? Where else can we go to get help for the better things 
life has to offer? 


"Where there is no vision, the people perish." 

Th© human soul demands a vision; a great task courageous- 
ly undertaken and gloriously accomplished. Material pos- 
sessions cannot satisfy. Without the guiding light of a clear 
vision, the soul gropes in the bewildering darkness of doubt 
and despair, unable to find or keep a firm grasp on life's 
objectives, to reach or serve humanity. 

Chaos results when we mortals fashion our own plan of 
life. We lose our sense of values, and life becomes pur- 
poseless. Yet within our reach is opportunity of escape^ 

Our Divine Leader is waiting, eager to give us His plan. 
Can we not trust Him? Did He not give His life that we 
might have the life abundant? 

His sei-vice to humanity begun centuries ago, continues to 
grow in strength and beauty. Yet, without man's help, His 
great task cannot be finished. He needs us. For each of us 
He has a plan. Let us accept this wonderful offering and fol- 
low His plan to a life of real constructive searvice. 

Love of humanity and a desire to be of some service will 
draw us out of our selfish aims and desires and give us 
courage to meet the demands of the day. Through close com- 
munion with Christ we can obtain the priceless gift of re- 
deeming love which can lift us to a higher plane and make 
possible the establishmeait of the Kingdom of God on earth. 

Let us open our souls that we may catch the vision that 
others may become aware of the strength and beauty of 

Ephesians 5:1. — "Be ye followers of God." Have you evex 
wished to be like God — at least in some respects ? We have 
God's encouragement to make this our aim. Lest we miss the 
mark, Jesus Christ came to show us what God is truly like. 
He tells us many ways in which we may be like Him — notice 
the three ways: 

1. We are to be like Him in love. Jesiis says, "This is my 
commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you." 

We think of love as a desire for possession and enjoyment. 
Godlike love is a desire to give ourselves and all that we 
have for the benefit of others. Such love is shown by parents 
and missionaries, and by Christ Himself. 

2. In forgiveness. Paul says, "Forgiving one another, even 
as God for Christ's sake hath forgiveai you." Oh we say, 
"but I would like to pay that fellow back." This is not as 
Christ forgave those who crucified Him. 

3. In holiness. "Be ye holy for I am holy," is the word of 
God to us. This does not mean perfection. It means a God- 
like characteristic that seeks purity and health. Jesus gives 
us the secret of being Godlike. "If a man love me, he will 
keep my words; and my Father will love him and we will 
come unto Hun and make our abode with Him." Here is the 
secret. "Christ in you, the hope of glory." 

Ephesians 6:11, 12. "Put on the whole armour of God, that 
ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, etc." 

God's Purpose — to create a perfect universe. In His wis- 
dom He has allowed the Devil to test us, but NOT beyond 
our strength. We have the power of a free will. We are daily 
tempted or tested and the result is the formation of charac- 
ter. But a good character will not save us. Belief in Jesus 
Christ as the Son of God is essential to our salvation. His 
blood alone can cleanse us from all sin. He alone can give 
us eternal life. No person can be forced to do God's will. 
He must do it willingly and lovingly. 

I am still old fashioned enough to believe in a personal 
Devil, who with his demons is continually plotting the de- 
struction of men through unbelief and indifference. In His 
good time, God will overthrow the Devil. Our Bible tells us, 
"The devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, be- 
cause he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Present 
world conditions indicate this fact. Wars and rumors of wars, 
disbelief in God and Christ and the Cliurch, all sorts of false 
philosophies, cults and isms, leading away from the truths of 
Christianity; the insidious inroads of vice and immorality in 
many of our Colleges and Universities. 

All of these things call for a whole hearted return to God, 
and in His strength to overcome. "To him that overcometh 
will I grant to sit with . me on my throne, even as I also 
overcame, and am set down with my Father on the Throne." 


1. What vision do you have for your life's work? 

2. Can we follow God and still do the things of the world ? 

3. What does yoijr armour consist of for the battle of life ? 

^ With the Laymen ^ 


The January meeting of the Ashland* Brethren Laymen was 
held at the First Brethren Church (Park Street), Ashland, 
Ohio, on Tuesday evening, January 16th, with about twenty 
members present. 

The subject for discussion was, "The Publishing Interests 
of the Brethren Church." After singing some spirited songs, 
Rev. Fred C. Vanator, Editor of Publications of the Brethren 
Publishing Company, led the group through the various steps 
of producing and publishing of the church paper, and told of 
some of the problems of securing copy and preparing it for 
publication. He also spoke of the kinds of material that the 
readers desire. 

After a brief discussion concerning editorial problems. Dr. 



George S. Baer, Business Manager of the, Brethren Publish- 
ing Company, dealt with some problems of finance, the build- 
ing up of a weir equipped publishing house, and the serving 
of the church with necessary supplies. He told of the prog- 
ress already made, the generous response of the people to 
appeals, and emphasized the fact that church publications in 
a small group are necessarily a matter of church co-opera- 

There followed an extensive discussion on dealing with the 
financial problems of building and equipping a greater church 
publishing house. 

After the program, the social committee served refresh- 
ments, with Clayton Mundorf as chairman of the committee. 

In the absence of the president, A. Glenn Carpenter, the 
Vice-President, Elton Whitted, acted as chairman of the eve- 

The next meeting of the organization will be held in con- 
junction with the annual Father and Son Banquet the second 
Tuesday in February. 



McAFOOSE-BOWSER. On December 23, 1944, at the 
Brush Valley Brethren Church of Adrian, Pa., R. D. 1, the 
undersigned performed the cei'emony which united Miss Irene 
McAfoose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orie McAfoose of Karns 
City, Pa., and Mr. Roy Homer Bowser, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Wilbert J. Bowser of Worthington, Pa., in the bonds of Holy 
Matrimony. The single ring ceremony was read. 

The bride's attendant was Lois Bowser, a sister of the 
groom, and the best man was Mr. Clarence McAfoose, a broth- 
er of the bride. 

Miss Catherine McAfoose, the bride's sister, and Miss Mar- 
gie Bowser, the groom's sister, served as ushers. 

The bride wore a white wedding dress of nylon with an 
attached veil. Her head band was of white pearls with a 
pearl necklace to match. Her corsage, was of yellow rose 
buds. The bride's attendant wore a pink taffeta gown with 
a corsage of red rose buds. The church was beautifully dec- 
orated for the occasion, with two beautifully decorated Christ- 
mas trees at the front of the church and a candle in each 

Two lovely songs, "0 Promise Me," and "I Love You 
Truly," were sung by Miss Mary Bowser, accompanied by 
Miss Gladys Barr, both of Worthington, Pa. Miss Barr also 
played the wedding march and the recessional. 

Percy C. Miller. 



News From Our 




Here is something of a report from the Stockton Brethren 
Church that has been long overdue. 

In the past year there have been eleven open confessoins 
of Jesus as Savior — Eddy Brown, Teddy Brown, Eddy John- 
son, Mr. Paul Kissee (now in the navy), Miss Marion John- 
son, Miss Mary Jo Waters, Marjorie Marshall, Jimmie Mar- 
shall, Leon Psomas, Rosalie West and Delbert Parks (now in 
the marines). 

We have had ten that were baptized — Mr. Delbert Parks, 
Mrs. lona Parks, Miss Elizabeth Decker, Miss Frances Smith, 
Mrs. A. B. Vlanton, Mr. William Filbeck, Mrs. Nellie Filbeck, 
Miss Mary Ellen Meados and Vernon Meados. 

There are five at present who are ready for baptism and 
will soon join the list above. 

We have had six children dedicated — Linda Joyce Bondon, 
Vernon Gail Bondon, Sharon Ruth Fells, John Paul Larsen, 
David Earl Larsen and Karen Christine Larsen. 

Last Christmas eve, after the Christmas program, which fe 
was presented by the Manteca Brethren Church, Brother Wil- 
liam Fells and Sister Elsie Fells were ordained to the office 
of Deacon and Deaconess by Brother Piatt and the \\'riter. 
There were around two hundred in attendance at the Christ- 
mas program. 

We are buying our own Conference Grounds, thanks to 
Brother Piatt and the Brethren Berean Band. We are look- 
ing forward to our summer camp and the visit of our Edu- 
cational Director. I believe it is planned to start July 25th. 

We are planning to build a new Chapel in this coming 
year and to employ a bus to gather in the children in the 
surrounding neighborhoods. We are getting a sound projector 
for educational purposes and believe that it will prove a real 
asset in our Young Peoples meetings. 

At present we are engaged with about a dozen other 
churches in a city-wide Evangelistic Campaign. We have pre- 
pared a meeting place that will house a thousand people. 
Pray with us arid for us that souls be saved and that we be 
used of the Lord. 

■ Because of the inability of a number of the ministers in 
this town to co-operate in a meeting of this kind, those that 
could have joined together in a Union Evangelistic Fellow- 
ship, electing officers (of which I am the secretary) and 
moving ahead on the program of Evangelizing our city. 

R. W. Palmer, pastor. 


For some months now the First Brethren Church, Cum- fc 
berland, Md., has sent no news to the Evangelist. Perhaps 
it is time that we let our church be heard from so that peo- 
ple will know how the Lord is blessing us in our service to 

In early September we lost from our local church a very 
tine family. This family, Rev. Wilbur Thomas and family, 
went to Carleton, Nebraska. However, we did our best to 
send them on their way rejoicing. We had a good-bye party 
for them which included a fine supper, a service of prayer 
for them in the work to which they were so soon to go, and 
a gift of money made up by the members of our church. 
Much as we knew we would miss the Thomases we were glad 
to see them going into definite service for the Lord. 

Our Children's Happy Hour, to our deep regret, had to 
be discontinued for the Winter due to cold weather, early 
darkness, and the conditions of our space in the church build- 
ing w'hich did not allow us heat without too great expense. 
This meeting for the children had been carried on regularly 
since the close of Vacation Bible School. It was enjoyed very 

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 


much by the children and there were many expressions of 
regret that it had to be closed. These expressions of regret 
were made by the children themselves. We hope to open this 
again this Spring, and we hope to be better equipped for it 
than we were last Summer and Fall. The last of these meet- 
ings was on November 3rd. 

The coming of November found us busy with preparations 
for Evangelistic services for which Brother Dyoll Belote had 
been engaged to do the exhorting. These meetings began on 
the 13th of November and closed the 26th. Brother Belote did 
a fine job of preaching the Gospel, but those in need of sal- 
vation offered by the Gospel did not give him much chance. 
The Church people showed themselves faithful and true in 
their attendance and otherwise, and enjoyed Brother Belote's 
messages very much. So also did the, pastor, and the pastor 
also enjoyed very much working with Brother Belote who 
demonstrated a very fine spirit of friendliness and coopera- 
tion in the work. And the work was done the hard way. 
It was house to house, work, talking to the people while stand- 
ing at the door instead of inside where we might sit com- 
fortably. During the meetings and the days just preceding 
them over two thousand tracts were distributed. Some were 
takan to plants where our men work, some were distributed 
in other ways, most of them were distributed in the house 
to house visitation. They were all in packets of three tracts 
per packet, enclosed in a wrapper which bore a printed an- 
nouncement of the meetings and an invitation to attend. To 
this was added the personal invitation given vocally when 
the packet was given. Besides this window cards were used 
and other advertisements. The fruitage, of Brother Belote's 
services among us was not so large, but to be 
proving genuine. A fine young lady made profession of faith 
and her sister and another lady made reconsecrations. The 
other lady is not a member of our church. The two sisters 
are showing their love for the Lord by good attendance and 
by service in the church. One is teaching a class in the Sun- 
day School, the othei has just accepted the responsibilities 
of the Home- Department Superintendericy. 

On the 5th of November we had Home Coming Service to 
which we added some of the features of a Haiwest Home 
Service. Attendance was good both at the services and at 
the noon-day meal which we had in the basement of the 
Church. The gejierous offering of money and of usable cloth- 
ing and food was for the work of Brother Drushal in Ken- 

Communion Service on the evening of December 3rd was 
the best attended of the communions we have had since the 
coming of the present pastor. That fact, along with the joys 
that come to Brethren people from their participation in a 
Brethren Communion, made the people of our church feel 
happy and encouraged. 

On a cold night, with the weather quite bad, twenty of the 
church people gathered as guests of the pastor and wife to 
watch the dying of 1944 and the birth of 1945. We had a 
worship program in the church auditorium, then refreshments 
in the, basement furnished by the pastor and wife, and closed 
with a season of prayer for the Lord's blessings upon us 
and our church in the New Year and of reconsecration of our- 
selves to the Lord. So closed the old and opened the new 
year. We trust it shall be a year full of His blessings and 
of fruitage for Him until He come. 

Rev. P. M. Naflf, pastor. 

special speakers: Mrs. W. A. Sunday, wife of the famous 
evangelist; President E. G. Mason of our Ashland College 
and Seminary; Dr. John Holland, radio pastor at W. L. S.; 
Dr. Homer L. Burke, Church of the Brethren medical mis- 
sionary; W. Karle Steele, chalk-ai-tist; Mrs. J. Milton Bow- 
man, flannelgraph artist; M. M. Steffens, Detroit layman rep- 
resenting the Gideons; and Dr. J. E. Hartzler, native of 
Goshen and lecturer in Hartford Theological Seminary. Dr. 
Hartzler was with us for a full week of special meetings 
and the others appeared at one service. All gave profitable 
programs and the preaching of Dr. Hartzler could not be ex- 
celled. Programs given by talent from our local church in- 
cluded: a musical pageant by a mixed group, a Christiiias 
cantata by our Ladies' Chorus, a Christmas program by the 
children of the Sunday School, and a special evening message 
by Harold H. Bechtel, moderator of our church. 

All our organizations are showing commendable progress. 
The finances are in good shape. Offerings to the general in- 
terests of the church have increased. Recently the church paid 
off another $3,000.00 in building fund bonds. This leaves a 
balance due on our church building of $9,500.00. Many of 
our members have high hopes that this will be wiped out 
entirely during this year. 

With more than twenty rooms in the church we took one 
which was not being used as a classroom and set it aside 
as a Prayer Chapel. It is appropriately decorated with an 
altar, candles, and a large copy of Hofmanii's "Christ in 
Gethsemane," with focused lighting (a gift of Mr. and Mrs. 
Ephraim Gulp). The seats are from the. old church and the 
A\indows are of stained glass. All of this makes for a wor- 
shipful atmosphere, and our people are encouraged to enter 
and pray at any hour. The chapel has a seating capacity of 
about 75, and our mid-week prayer sei'vice is held in this 

Like all of our churches we miss those of our number who 
are away in the service of our country. We have about 80 
of these on our honor roll. We also miss a number of our 
faithful members who have passed away in recent months. 
Some of these who are known to members of "The Evange- 
list" family are: Miss Ida Simmons, Argus Waugaman, Wal- 
ter Wambold, Andrew Grady, Mrs. Emma Hess, and Mrs. 
Anna Stutsman. 

H. H. Rowsey, Pastor. 


Our fall and winter programs at Goshen have included as 


The fall activities have been sources of rare spiritual bless- 
ings for all who paused long enough to receive them. The 
foremnner of all these blessings was our fall communion ser- 
vice which was attended by a large number of our people. 
Through a period of years we have, noted our faithful group 
who never allow this service to pass unattended. They are 
there because they feel the great need of the strength which 
comes through this service. There, are others who are never 
seen around the tables of the Lord. Every member of every 
church needs to renew his faith — he needs the strength that 
comes by observing this sacred ordinance. 

Early in November came Dr. Mulder's four very spiritual 
addresses. His presence among us was the, source of spiritual 

Our pastor. Brother Flora, assisted by Brother William Sol- 
omon and wife of Ashland College, conducted a week's meet- 
ing. The gospel was preached with power, and it was given 
to us in song by Brother Solomon and wife. The seed was 
sown. One may plant, another water, but God must give the 
increase. Some day the harvest will be gathej-ed. Pray and 



The holiday activities were observed — sending out Christ- 
mas baskets; remembering the service men; the Christmas 
tree and entertainment for the children. The choir rendered 
a beautiful cantata, "Carol of the BeJls." The Christmas ser- 
mon, "What Do You Look for Under the Star?" carried the 
Christmas message, the Wise Men and Shepherds looked for 
a Savior. What do you find under the star? 

The year 1944 is spent. Have you failed to witness for 
Him ? Sometimes we feel some of our people are not ^vit- 
nessing for Him. Has our neglect in church attendance been 
justified — have you ever stopped to realize that every time 
you fail to vdtness for Him you are playing into the hands 
of the adversary? Has your disinterest in spiritual things 
blocked the way to the kingdom for some soul wTio may be 
depending on you ? As suggested by our pastor, in a recent 
sermon, "Who Are You" should be burned into every heart 
and life of the Elkhart Church through the year 1945. He is 
depending on you. 

Edna Nicholas. 

(Among the Churches) 

The original idea of this trip contemplated more extended 
"campaigns" than actually were made possible. Gas ration- 
ing in the far West is more strict than in the middle West. 
For this reason some of those who had planned a revival 
were unable to complete the arrangements or convince their 
people of the possibility of success commensurate with the 
effort. I still am unconvinced that such an attitude is ac- 
ceptable to our Master who never planned vacations or al- 
lowed any sort of excuse from duty — even to bury the dead. 
Neither am I convinced that we shall be occupying "till He 
comes" again, unless we use our evangelists and keep ag- 
gressively evangelistic. The offices of the church are not 
similar nor can the work of one be acceptably done by an- 
other. Our churches would not want to do without pastors; 
neither should the churches stop the work of any other of 
the commissioned workers and still expect the full success 
when there is neglect. A good New Year sermon I heard was 
on "They Went Everywhere Preaching." That must not stop. 
"Some evangelists" is God's way. 

Calvary Church of the Brethren, Los Angeles 

This was the first of the churches I visited after Empire. 
The long-time le.ader of this is my lifetime friend. Elder 
and financier, Jos. W. Cline. We first met in Philadelphia per- 
haps about 1905. If ray work has been spread across the con- 
tinent, his monument is a fine church building and a splendid 
congregation in America's fifth city. Fortunately for me, I 
arrived just in time to be included in a Christmas supper he 
was giving to the workers and the pastor and so I met more 
Brethren than would have been possible, but for this. After 
spending the night with him and his good wife, I went with 
them to a Christmas program and party of the Women's 
Society. It was my pleasure to give the devotions centering 
around the fact that but for a woman (Mary) there would 
never have been a Christmas such as we know and enjoy. 
It was a happy stop, unexpected and not unappreciated. Hej-e 
the church wisely used their large lot to build small cot- 
tages that have become a handsome endowment. 

La Verne Church of the Brethren 

La Verne is the seat of a Brethren College ranking in the 
class of our ovm as to number of students even though they 
have fewer buildings. Here too, S. Z. Sharp, first president of 
our Ashland College spent much time and did much work. 
Here we contacted Dr. W. I. T. Hoover, long time Dean, 

whose service for the Brethren has run quite as long as 
mine. A half-day visit in his home was too short. Dr. C. 
Earnest Davis is the President with whom we had fine fel- 

The church building is one of the largest and finest in all " 
the groups of Brethren. It is the "largest on the Coast" with 
perhaps a single exception. After the morning sermon in 
which I was the Guest Preacher, it took a full half-hour to 
greet the many whom I had known and some of whom I 
had not met personally. All night with the pastor, Galen 
Ogdon, and I was motored back to the big city, but not with- 
out an invitation from Dr. Kenneth Monroe to speak at his 
prayer meeting on Wednesday night when fifty or more peo- 
ple were as pleased with, my old-fashioned Dunker sermon 
as any I have addressed. In the entrance to San Deimas Can- 
yon he lives quite a secluded life as compared with his for- /^ 
mer connection with colleges and Bible schools. But he is -^tk 
the same fine genial friend we knew him to be during our 
collaboration in the Lord's work at Ashland. Here too, we 
met former parishioners of both myself and Dr. Shively who 
remember him most affectionately. 

Long Beach 

Christmas eve and Sunday I spent with the Long Beach 
Church, preaching both morning and evening. At no place 
was I given a warmer greeting or a finer fellowship. Here 
too, I met many former parishioners from Dayton and ac- 
quaintances from otherwheres. White Gifts to the amount of 
four thousand dolalrs were raised with little urging. It was 
a happy experience. 

"The Messiah" 

December 17th in the Baptist Church near our sister's 
home in Los Angeles, I heard the great Christmas Oratorio, 
"The Messiah" rendered by a fine choir of one hundred voices 
and accompanied by a great organ and piano. The air was 
full of music as it should have been; but one was saddened 
by the fact that so many of our gallant boys were across 
the seas filling the air with danger and death. Let us pray 
that the terrible war shall soon cease and that they may be 
brought back to sing and praise rather than to maim and 


The supreme disappointment of the trip was that I did 
not get to help a single church of our group. Two days I 
spent with pleasure, with the McCartneysmiths (always good 
hosts) and I visited an hour \vith Brother Piatt in his trop- ^|^ 
ical home and ranch; a few hours I spent ^vith Frank Geh- ^ 
han, now assistant pastor to the big Baptist Church at Stock- 
ton; but at neither place for some reason, it did not seem 
propitious for me to remain for a length of time. 

Why the Trip? 

Friendship, fellowship, cooperation and evangelism — these 
were the main reasons for the trip. Another reason was that 
I was homesick too, to see the magnificent West with its 
exposed distances, its gorgeous mountains, treasured rivers, 
fruited plains, and tropical things. This trip was the most 
illuminating to me of any of five and much richer in Chris- 
tian contacts and fellowships. It was a joyous experience thus 
to be among Brethren of all kinds and groups and speak the 
same message to all and receive a common adulation. "We 
be Brethren," said Jacob Boehm to Phillip Otterbein after 
he had preached, one a Mennonite and the other a Reformed 
and there and thus began the United Brethren Church. I 
have been saying we are one and do not recognize it. This 
journey proved it. Each heard the "Philosophy of the Breth- 

FEBRUAEY 3, 1945 


ren Faith" and all rejoiced and commended it. It is ours to 
recognize and practice it; and I trust I may never live to 
witness another schism, but see more friendship, fellowship 
and cooperation as we go forward toward the end of time 
and our earthly journey. 

The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffer- 
ing, etc.; let us strive to cultivate them and preserve the 
holy heritage of forbearance, brotherly kindness and charity, 
all of which are the outstanding graces and favors we must 
expect of our Lord and Master. For 150 years the Brethren 
did not divide, but loved and forgave; let us revive that too- 
much-forgotten grace that was once so great a part of our 
gospel and for the, remaining years the Lord gives us, seek 
to heal the differences or at least forgive and forbear and 
prove to the world that "We be Brethren" also, not ununited, 
but united in creed, at least. 
^ Charles A. Bame. 

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Elder John Michael Bowman was the son of the late Joseph 
and Sarah Bowman. He was born June 11, 1859, near the site. 
of the Bethlehem church. Here in young manhood, he later 
established his own home and maintained his residence 
throughout life. His wife, who was Miss Mary Stover, of 
Pennsylvania died in 1927. 

Elder Bowman is survived by one son, Herbert E. Bowman 
vdth whom he made his home; and by two daughters, Mrs. 
Grace Landis, wife of Rev. Benj. Landis of the home com- 
munity and Mrs. Floreince Combs of Dallas, Texas. Three 
sisters and two brothers also survive him. They are: Mrs. 
Frances Hall, Mrs. Eliza Sharpes of Harrisonburg, and Mrs. 
Mildred Conner of Waynesboro, Penna. T\vo brothers are Rev. 
S. I. Bowman and Rev. J. H. Bo\vman of the Church of the 
Brethren, both of whom lived near by in the same com- 

Elder Bowman was a cousin of Dr. I. D. Bowman who last 
paid him a visit in September, 1944. They had kept up a life- 
long friendship and correspondence. 

Brother Bowman was by profession a piano tuner and 
teacher of music. During the era when singing schools were 
popular he traveled vddely throughout the South giving in- 
struction in singing in schools and classes. He also tuned 
pianos in the counties adjacent to his home in the Shenan- 
doah Valley and in the nearby cities, Philadelphia and Wash- 
ington and others. Everywhere he made friends and carried 
a Christian Testimony which was wholehearted and un- 
ashamed. His ready wit and the enjoyment of good conver- 
sation gave him plenteous opportunity to talk about that 
which was uppermost in Ms mind and heart. 

It was sixteen years ago when I came to Bethlehem as 
Pastor. I had met Brother Bowman when I was a boy, when 
he had been a guest in our home, now I was brought to his 
bedside, and in company with Elder E. L. Miller, we visited 
with him. Then he was a very sick man. Surgeons had con- 
ducted an abdominal operation only to find a hopeless can- 
cerous condition. It seemed to all but Brother Bowman, that 
the end of his eartlaly journey was quite near. But he dis- 
cussed with us that day what he would do when he was well 
again. I thought his faith was magnificent, but in the light of 
what the doctors had seen . . . well, my optimism was low. 
Of course I was younger then and had heard a good deal 

about science and seen too little, thought too little, and had 
too little faith. For he did get out of that bed. He did go to 
the places he planned to go. He again visited the cities, Wash- 
ington and Philadelphia tuning the pianos and "strengthen- 
ing the Brethren" with his testimony. He had much to say of 
divine Healing and how the anointing service should be con- 
ducted in the years after his restoration to health. I hope 
among his papei-s will be found his written account of this 
miracle, that it may be published. He was 85 when he died. 
He had lived sixteen years after that great illness. In all that 
time he was well until within a very short time of his pass- 
ing. Though he was too enfeebled for the last several years 
to go about, he would sit before his typewriter as much as 
five hours a day writing brief spiritual essays and comments 
on various te.xts and subjects. Thus he made the hours to 
pass interestingly and profitably while he was alone. In my 
own mind I have likened his recovery to that of King Heze- 
kiah (2 Kings 20) in respect to the extension of time. 

Brother Bowman was a deeply religious prayerful spirit. 
He loved the Word of God and he believed in the Power of 
the Holy Spirit. Now he has gone to be with the Lord with 
whom he walked so confidently by faith. 

It was the desire of his son and his daughter-in-law with 
whom he lived and who lovingly cared for him in his old age, 
that I should conduct his last rites, but due to the fact that 
I was sick and in bed I was unable, to my great regret, to 
thus serve. The services were conducted on the last day of 
1944 at 3 P. M. by a neighbor and friend. Elder L. S. Miller 
of the Dayton congregation of the Church of the Brethren. 
The body %vas laid to rest in the family plot in the Dayton 

John F. Locke, Pastor, Bethlehem. 

HUGHES. Ida Mae Walker Hughes was born March 27, 
1882, at Henry, Illinois, and departed this life December 1, 
at Murray, Nebraska, at the age of 62 years, 8 months, and 
4 days. 

She was united in marriage to Ambrose Hughes on June 
25, 1904, at Central City, Nebraska, and to this union were 
born nine children, three of which died in infancy. A daughter 
Eleanor, also preceding her in death in 1937. 

Sister Hughes gave her heart to Christ when about eighteen 
years of age. She united with the Falls City Brethren Church 
soon after coming to Falls City, twenty-eight years ago. She 
maintained an active interest in the work of her Lord and 
the Church as long as her health permitted. She was a faith- 
ful Christian, a loving wife and mother and a friend to all 
who were privileged to make her acquaintance. 

Besides her husband she is survived by: Pvt. Arthur 
Hughes, Ft. Benning, Ga.; Roy Hughes, Bremerton, Wash.; 
Mrs. John Owen, Paxton, Nebraska; Mrs. Frank Cook, Mur- 
ray, Nebraska; Mrs. Floyd Larson, Falls City. There are also 
seven grandchildren. 

The funeral service was conducted in the Falls City Breth- 
ren Church on December 6, in charge of the writer. Inter- 
ment was made in Steele Cemetery. 

Cecil H. Johnson, Pastor. 

DODDS. James W. Dodds was born March 28, 1860, at 
Norwich, Ohio, and departed this life November 1, 1944, at 
the age of 84 years, 7 months and 3 days. 

He was married at Carson, Iowa, on November 8, 1884, to 
Miss Anna Jones, and to this union seven children were bom, 
six of which remain to mourn his home-going. They are: 
Mrs. Mary Reiger, Falls City, Nebraska; Rev. J. G. Dodds, 



Smithville, Ohio; Mrs. Fred Lutz, Torrington, Wyoming; Mrs. 
Fred Wood, Fallon, Nevada; Mrs. Charles Johnson, Fallon, 
Nevada; and Leslie Dodds, Rolla, Missouri. Besides Sister 
Dodds, there are 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

When a boy. Brother Dodds gave his heart to the Lord. 
He became a member of the Brethren Church at Silver Creek 
in 1903. The church called him to the high office of deacon 
and he was ordained in 1912 by the Rev. Spacht. This office 
he faithfully served as long as his physical strength would 

During his last illness which confined him to his bed for 
several months, he was cheerful and patient and resigned to 
the will of the Lord. He called for the anointing with oil 
which was done, with Rev. Gilbert Dodds, his grandson, as- 
sisting the pastor. 

Funeral services were held in the Falls City Bretl;ren 
Church on November 4, with a large number of relatives and 
friends attending. Interment was made in the Silver Creek 
Cemetery. Services were conducted by the undersigned. 

■ . Cecil H. Johnson, Pastor. 

BEEGHLY. Milton J. Beeghly passed away at his winter 
home in Sarasota, Florida, December 13, 1944, at the age of 
74 years. 

He was practically a life long member of the Brethren 
Church. He served as a Trustee since 1913 or for thirty-one 
years. He was chairman of the Board for the past six years. 

He was a member of the Building Committee for the erec- 
tion of both the West Third Street Church and that of our 
present church at North Main and Hillcrest. 

He was faithful to duties, always ready to answer the call; 
a dependable advisor in financial guidance and a liberal con- 
tributor to all activities of the church. 

He is survived by his wife, Alma; two children, William 
and Mrs. W. Harold Teeter, both of Dayton, and many other 
relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held on December 20, at North Main 
and Hillcrest Brethren Church, Dayton, by the pastor, with 
interment made at Bearcreek Cemetery. 

Vernon D. Grisso. 

husband, William Miller^ in the Brethren Church in the office 
of Deacon and Deaconess. Her Bible shows the mark of much 
usage, her day was never completed until she had read from 
its pages. One of her final conscious experiences was to share 
in its reading. 

She is survived by her husband, William; her daughter, 
Mrs. Arthur-Kemp; her son Russell; three grandchildren and 
two great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. 

Services were held at the Morris Sons Funeral Home on 
December 23 by the pastor and assisted by Rev. Moyne Lan- 
dis of the Oakland Church of the Brethren near Greenville 
■ Ohio. 


In reverence, we pause, and tribute pay ' 

To a lovely soul who has passed our way. 

One whose, willing hand and kindly deed . ^^ 

Was always attune to some cry of need. , ^* 

Another star shines in our sky 

For a lovely soul has just passed by. 

We bow our hearts In grateful prayer 

That we have been blessed by these saints so rare. 

Who have known the touch of the Master's hand 

And have served so well at His command. 

It somehow seems that heaven comes nigh 

When these saintly souls are passing by. 

Interment was made at Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Vernon D. Grisso. 

NEUMANN. Mrs. Carah Catherine Neumann passed away 
December 19, 1944, at the age of sixty-eight years. She was 
a life-long member of the Brethren Church, always faithful 
and interested in every venture and program of the Lord's 
work. She was a sister of M. J. Beeghly and she died of a 
heart attack the day before his funeral. 

She had many friends and associates through her lifetime, 
and was greatly appreciative of all life's privileges and 

She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Hamer and 
Florence Taylor, and many other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held from the Marker Funeral Home 
on December 22, conducted by ,the pastor and interment was 
made at the Bearcreek Cemetery. 

Vernon D. Grisso. 

MILLER. Mrs. Catherine Landis Miller was born in Kos- 
ciusko County, near Silver Lake, Indiana, February 27, 1864. 
At four P. M. on December 21, she made the grand exchange 
of time for eternity. She was 80 years, 9 months and 24 
days old at her passing to be with her Lord. 

She had spent a lifetime of devoted service in the Breth- 
ren faith and practiccu For many years she served with her 

SWARTZ. Chalice Swartz was born in Franklin County, 
Pennsylvania, April 2, 1880, and departed this life, from his 
home in Lanark, Illinois, Sunday evening, December 10, 1944. 

Chalice Swartz united with the Brethren church of Lanark 
many years ago and continued faithful in this fellowship to 
the end of life. The last few years of his earthly existence 
were spent in the confines of his home on account of illness. 
Death came as a release to his suffering. 

Brother Swartz is survived by his widow and two daugh- 
ters. Funeral services were conducted by the writer from 
the Frank funeral home of Lanark. 

Our brother was tenderly cared for by those near him dur- 
ing the years of sickness. May the blessed Lord comfort their 

W. C. Benshoff. 

SHROUT. On the early morning of Sunday, October 29th, 
1944, Brother John T. Shrout was called away from earthly 
scenes to those prepared for those who are redeemed by the. 
wondrous grace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Brother Shrout was both a Deacon and a Trustee of our 
church. He had made a deep impression upon the people of 
his church and upon others who knew him well by his faith- 
fulness to the church in every way. Very seldom was his 
place vacant. Always was he ready for any duty that the 
work of the church and the welfare of the members demanded. 
Always there lay upon his heart a concern for the lost. His 
passing is deeply felt as a great loss by his church and his 
pastor as well as by those who were near to him by other 
ties. For the last several years he was one of the delegation 
to National Conference. He had almost reached the age of 
eighty years. This is the second Deacon and Trustee who has 
passed away during the brief pastorate of the writer. The 
other was Brother W. H. Greenawalt. 

Rev. P. M. Naff, Cumberland,' Md. 


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Volume LXVII, Number 6, February 10, 1945 



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The Editor Thinks Aloud— F, C. V 3 

The Business Manager's Corner — G. S. B 3 

Laymen for Benevolences — John C. Eck 4 

Honoring Our Aged — Elmer Kuns 4 

Concerning Entrance Requirements of The Brethren 

Home — Rev. F. C. Vanator 5 

Our Brethren Cause— Rev. E. M. Riddle 6 

A Brethren Retirement Fund — Dr. J. R. Schutz 6 

A Word from the Superintendent and Matron 7 

National Goals Program — Goal V 8 

Teaching Christian Living — Whose Job is it? — 

Rev. D. B. Flora 9 

Editorial Comment— Dr. C. F, Yoder; Dr. C, A. Bame,, 10-11 

Prayer Meeting Topic — C. Y. Gilmer 12 

Laid to Rest 13 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 18 — W. S. B 14 

News From Our Churches '. 15 


ING average attendance and offerings for the year 1944: 
Morning attendance — 98; evening attendance — 94; Offering — 
$150.75; Sunday school attendance — 153; Sunday school of- 
fering — $19.76. Total amount received in church treasury' — ■ 
$7,838.00; in Sunday School treasury— $1,024.92. The fifteen 
auxiliaries, excluding the Sunday School, had a total disburse- 
ment of $1,148.25. We would call that a very fine average 
per member, wouldn't you? Brother Gilmer is their ener- 
getic pastor. 

bulletin that Dr. Schutz, of North Manchester, Indiana, was 
a recent speaker in the Milledgeville Brethren Church, his 
subject being, "Unfinished Business." 

lin, Pennsylvania, Bulletin that the young people of the church 
will be in charge of the first thirty minutes of their mid- 
week prayer service. This is a fine way to get the young peo- 
ple busy at the definite work of the church. 

Brother Maynard Mills, pastor, that our Missionary Secre- 
tary, Brother J. Ray Klingensmith, was the recent speaker 
in the Oakville Brethren Church, presenting the South Amer- 
ican work. 

joined in a week of leadership training at the High school 
in that place recently. Mrs. J. Milton Bowman, wife of our 
pastor, was one of the instructors. Nappanee is now in the 
midst of an evangelistic campaign, with Brother Claud Stu- 
debaker of South Bend as the evangelist. The meetings close 
February 18th. Remember this meeting in your prayers. 

CHURCH, Maryland, informs us that the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society conducted the annual Day of Prayer in the Lin- 
wood Church on Sunday afternoon, January 28th. 

Baer, renewing his Evangelist subscription, tells us that 
Brother Rench has fully recovered from the operation to 
which he submitted on November 22, 1944, and he says, "I 
am in good health, and as soon as the glasses come I can see 
again." We are glad to hear this, Brother Rench, and pray 
God's continued blessings upon you. 

LETIN. Brother W. C. Berkshire, pastor. Evangelistic meet- 
ings in that church will begin on March 5th. A leadership 
training course is being conducted each Wednesday evening, 
the theme of the course being, "How to Teach in the Sun- 
day School." The pastor is the teacher. On Sunday, February 
11, the Christian Endeavor of the New Lebanon Church will 
be host to the Endeavorers from the Gratis, West Alexandria 
and Dayton Churches. This service will be held in the late 

Brother A. lE. Whitted, pastor, tells us that three of the 
men of the church have been spending their evenings at the 
church making a beautiful rail to separate the chancel and 
the choir. Brother Whitted says, "This fine oak piece of fur- 
niture will add dignity and beauty to the church altar." Ard- 
more is now in the midst of their revival with Rev. and Mrs. 
Harry Richer as the evangelistic party. Pray for -them in 
this meeting. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 



We picked up the Bulletin of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 
Brethren Church, issued under the date of January 21st, and 
titled "The Fifty-fifth Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Breth- 
ren Church" and our eyes fell on the following paragraph. 
It carried these significant words at its head: "917 Have 
United With First Church in Fifty-five Years." The text of 
the paragraph follows: 

"The accurate and complete records of the Church Secre- 
tary, George M. Garland, show that in the fifty-five years 
since its organization, January 23, 1890, that 917 people have 
united with this Church. So one inevitably asks: 'Where are 
they all today?' A little examination of the records of mem- 
bership additions easily explain how rapidly the 'turnover' is 
in church members. The membership roll which is due a re- 
vision, gave last March 31, as the active membership list, 

No doubt such an examination of the membership roll of 
this as well as our other churches for the past number of 
years will show that if the number of members received into 
the churches kept the average of the Pittsburgh Church, and 
we have no doubt that they have, that our present church 
membership for the Brotherhood would be very much in ex- 
cess of that which is now reported. 

We believe that the inability to add materially to the mem- 
bership of the church at the stated statistical periods lies 
largely in the fact that we have not sufficient church cover- 
age to take care of the "Floating membership," that mem- 
bership which moves from one place to another for either 
employment or health's sake. We have no doubt but that 
there are members of The Brethren Church in practically 
every hamlet, village, city and county in this country of ours. 
It would make a very interesting survey if we could find out 
where all the members which have been taken into the Breth- 
ren Church were to be found. Of course some have passed 
to their reward, others have just "passed" out of the picture 
^as far as the Brethren Church is concerned. Still others have 
Fmarried into other denominations. But that does not solve our 
problem. The leaks are still there. 

How are we to solve this problem ? Well some problems 
are never to be solved entirely. But there is a way to help 
stop the "leaks." As a pastor the writer often came in con- 
tact with people who had lived in the city where the church 
was situated for a number of years, and who, when called 
upon, had lost interest in our denomination. In fact they had 
not been pointed to the church when they had moved from 
their last place of abode. Often times the pastor is to blame 
in not sending ahead of the member, a little note to the pas- 
tor of the church, telling him of the member's move; his 
new address, and something of his background. I have had 
the pleasure of meeting several parishioners on their door- 
step when they came with their load of furniture. And it 
did not harm the contact one bit! The brother pastor had 
been thoughtful. 

When the Lord is to lead a soul to great faith; He for a 
time leaves his prayer unanswered. 

Our Church and Country 

There are times when our country makes great demands 
on its citizens, and patriotic considerations call upon Chris- 
tian citizens not to be found wanting in public loyalty and 
service. If freedom and democracy are worth as much as we 
have long thought them to be, it will cost much in the way 
of service and intelligent interest to conserve them. At the 
same time, the Church of Christ is facing critical times, and 
the call is to every one who loves the Lord's church, and to 
every one who wants to be a vital, loyal factor in its opera- 
tion, to give of his love, his service and his money to enable 
it to meet the needs of this critical hour. It must operate 
efficiently in all its departments and interests, locally and 
in the church at large. That is why every interest of our 
church is calling for banner offerings at this time. The needs 
are great and must be met, if the church is not to be ham- 
pered in its work. There is a spiritual basis for all these 
calls for funds, and it is only good business to seek to bring 
ourselves to realize that fact. That is why your business man- 
ager is continually pointing out to you the- spiritual underlay 
of these offerings appeals. He sees College support, Mission- 
ary giving. Benevolence and Publication Interests not as mere 
financial undertakings, nor business enterprises, nor yet as 
mere benevolent organizations, but as vital parts of the 
Lord's work, and their support is very essential to the suc- 
cess of His Church. 

I am ambitious to see the church come into possession of 
an up-to-date, and efficiently equipped printing plant, because 
I am certain that it is a very essential part of an efficiently 
operating church, and that the church cannot begin to fulfill 
Its mission in the world without it. 

That is why the offering we have just called for should be 
a banner offering. 

That is why we must continue to put our hearts and prayers 
and gifts into this undertaking until we have built a print- 
ing plant that is worthy of the great part it is to play in 
the work of the church. 

"Gil Dodds, the Flying Parson" 
is a new book just off the press. A 96 page book by the out- 
standing Press Correspondent, Mel Larson. He tells the story 
of "Gil Dodds the Christian and Gil Dodds the Runner," a 
story that will challenge ambitious young people to let God 
have a larger place in their lives. It is a true record of Gil 
Dodds' life. Here is a typical statement: "From my own per- 
sonal experience I can tell you this — you can be an athlete 
and a Christian at the same time." The book sells at $1.25 
postpaid. We are making this special offer to pastors or 
church organizations: 2 copies or more at a 10% discount, 
postage prepaid. Send money with order to secure this dis- 

Our Thanks for More Rags 
for our printing plant goes to Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner of Ash- 
land. We appreciate the way our ladies are remembering 
us in this way. 

100% Churches 
will be given recognition in an early issue. We hope to have 
some, new ones as well as to keep all the old ones. 



Our Laymen Speah fthout IBenevolences 

Laymen for Benevolences 

John C. Eck, National Laymen's President 

The Laymen have always supported the Benevolence offer- 
ing, but some more, some less. This has not only been tnie 
of individual Laymen, but the Laymen's Organizatio.n has 
made the Benevolences their special Goal throughout the 
past years. 

The Laymeji have had a series of reverses in getting an 
organization that would keep up the progress for the various 
interests of the church. But we feel that the time has come 
that the Brethren are on a straight course now and will be 
able to make a very definite move to support all the various 
interests of our beloved church in a very commendable way. 

We are also assured that as each local church gets an 
organization perfected and they, in turn, cooperate and affil- 
iate with the National Organization, that all the intei'ests 
of our church will receive whole-hearted support. Here we 
want to get back to the subject. Benevolences should be 
"natural" for Laymen to support. 

The aged minister certainly should be given our very 
thoughtful consideration. When we should remember that our 
older Brethren received very small salaries for the sei'\'ic6 
they rendered, with the very fine results that followed their 
labors. Now when our Brethren are no longer able to carry 
on the program that the church is promoting today, we need 
to share our resources with them in a very substantial way. 
So we are sure that you, as a Layman, will feel that you 
have an obligation here that you will not let some one. else 
take care of. 

No doubt your own church was one that was founded and 
organized by one such aged minister in years past in order 
that you today can worship in your local church. This is 
true of our own Miami Valley churches and especially of 
my own church, which our beloved brother. Dr. Martin 
Shively, organized here at New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Next the Laymen can be proud that the Brethren Home 
may have the support of all Brethren Laymen, when we re- 
call that it was a Layman that was responsible for the in- 
itial gift to begin our Brethren Home. 

The testimony of all who visit our Home is one that we 
are justly proud to receive, for it truly is a Home where 
all can enjoy the necessities of life and fellowship with one 
another. That truly makes one feel at Home. 

So we want that the Benevolences of our church shall not 
want iri this year, inasmuch as the Laymen can very sub- 
stantially contribute to the needs of this cause. You should 
also not forget that we are installing an elevator for the 
benefit of the aged persons, who are unable to use the Home 
for a place of refuge due to the steps from the first floor 
to the individual rooms which are on the second floor. 

Therefore we are reminding you that when you make your 
gift for this cause you remember the aged ministers and 
widows, the Brethren Home and the elevator. 

As President of the National Laymen we want that we 
Brethren show our interest in this offering by a very gen- 
erous contribution from all parts of the Brotherhood. 

We want to thank all Laymen who may have a part in 
any way to make this offering one that shall credit our 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Honoring Our Aged 

Elmer Kuns ^ 

This is indeed a worthy cause and one at this time that 
demands our attention. 

As a Layman of the church, I lack literary ability to make 
a very impressive appeal for the Benevolences of our Broth- 

We cannot and we must not fail our aged ministry and 
older members who need help, whether it be money or a 
Christian home where, they can spend their declining years 
in peace and dignity. 

Recently I have observed some very worthwhile improve- 
ments in our Brethren Home, which many of you have helped 
to make and, I trust will continue to make, even more com- 
fortable and homelike. 

Recently the grounds have been landscaped with plantings 
of evergreens which will add much to the outside appearance, 
to say nothing of what has been done, inside with new drapes 
at the windows, new floor covering for the kitchen and din- 
ing room and other improvements in the making, makes one 
feel proud of such a Home for our aged and only hope that 
more will avail themselves of its Christian advantages. 

We have very able and willing workers to care for and 
manage the operation of the Home. They are very desirous 
of serving more of our aged. Then, too, a full Home would 
bring more enjoyment to each member and a better return 
to the Board on its investment. 

Naturally a Home needs funds to carry on its work, and 
the Board cannot help the Superannuated ministers unless 
we as laymen do our part. 

Hoping and trusting that the Lord who "giveth us the^^ 
increase" will arouse all to do all they can, in the best way 
they can. to further this good work. 

Bringhurst, Indiana. 


Just a word for the Flora Home. My husband and 4* 

I came here the eighth of January. I find it a wonder- j. 

ful place. I want to thank my Saviour for guiding us J 

here by one of His servants. Rev. Claud Studebaker. j 

We find Mr. and Mrs. Scott kind and loving and T 

ready to do anything for our good. I feel I would like 4 

to tell all the churches to rally for the Home. It is a J 

noble work to care for the aged people. T 

May God bless you all is my prayer. ||; 

Mrs. Miles Bassett. * 

i-i-4-^-f"i"I" I" I"!"I"I"I "! " I"l"I" !"^-i"!"I "I"I " l"I" 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 


Wed Our Superintendent and Watron of the Home 

James E. Scott, Supt. 

We want you to know more intimately our 
Superintendent and Matron of the Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana. Therefore we are pre- 
senting their likenesses hereby, in order that you 
may know them when you meet them. 

Brother and Sister James Scott are doing a 
magnificent job in their positions at the Home. 
The residents have nothing but praise for their 
untiring efforts in their behalf. The positions of 
Superintendent and Matron are as much a call- 
ing to the work of the Lord as that of minister 
or missionary, for they are doing the work of 
caring for the aged and infirm in the name of 
the Lord. 

The Benevolent Board appreciates the work of 
these two people and wish to take this opportu- 
nity to thank them for their fine cooperation with 
the Board. 

When you have opportunity to call at the Home 
you will find them ready and glad to meet and 
greet you. 

r i 

Mrs. James E. Scott, Matron 

Goncermng Cntmnce TlZecjiiirements of 
Tke IBrethren Hofne 

By Rev. Fred C. Vanator, President of The Benevolence Board 

So often we are asked concerning the Brethren's Home and 
the entrance requirements that we deem it essential that we 
pass out this information in this issue of The Evangelist, 
along with the appeals that come from the members of our 
Board and others \'itany interested in the work of the Board. 
We shall try to be specific in our explanations so there will 
be no room for misunderstandings. We suggest to pastors 
and others interested that this explanation be filed for future 

The Home Itself 

Built upon a beautiful forty-acre tract of land, one-half 
mile west of the town of Flora, Indiana, it becomes visible 
to the eye immediately upon leaving the city limits of Flora. 
Its well appointed surroundings are beautiful and well kept. 
It is always -open for inspection by the. membership and 
friends of the church, as they find opportunity to go that 
way. The Board has endeavored to keep up the buildings in 
the best manner possible. The Home is subject to .both the 
health and fire departments of the State of Indiana. Under 
our incorporation papers which are accepted by the state, the 
Board is empowered to transact all business and accept all 
monies for the running of the institution. 

Superintendent and Matron 

The Home is always under the supervision of a competent 
Superintendent and Matron, who have charge of all affairs 

of the Home, including the management of the farm. It is 
always the endeavor of the Board to have this management 
kindly in their treatment of the resident members of the 
Home, with constant attention to their every need. 

Entrance Requirements 

When the Home was dedicated it was expected that certain 
specified rates obtain with regard to entrance, and that each 
one deposit with the Board funds sufficient to cover the ex- 
pectancy of life of the individual. This was carried out for 
some years, by either the individual making such a deposit 
or by some church underwriting the amount. 

Several years ago, by action of General Conference, this 
set amount was set aside in favor of a voluntary contribu- 
tion by the one seeking permanent residence in the Home. 
This was done in order that no worthy member of The Breth- 
ren Church should be barred from entrance for lack of suffi- 
cient funds. After all this is a Home for the Aged of the 
Brethren Church. However this does not mean that anyone 
who has money should feel that he or she is privileged to 
give away available funds to others and then expect to become 
a resident of the Brethren's Home without admission fees. 
Let me cite a purely hypothetical illustration. Just suppose 
that a man has two sons, and having sufficient funds to en- 
able him to pay a sizeable amount to the Home, for his keep, 
he rather decides that he will, instead, divide the amount be- 
tween his sons and then make application for entrance to 



the Home. This he does, and then makes such application. 
What should be the attitude of the Benevolent Board in such 
a case? Of course you see the point. 

But on the other hand, let us remember that ANY faithful 
member of The Brethren Church, certified by his or her pas- 
tor as worthy, may seek entrance to the Home, even if he or 
she has no money to give to the Board for support. We want 
to make it truly a Home for the. Aged of The Brethren 
Church. That is why we are coming to the Church-at-large 
for support for the. Home. It is your Home and YOU may 
need it some time. You never can tell. 

Retired Pastors and Wives 

Having been at the. Home on numerous occasions, I can 
think of no more wonderful place for a pastor and wife, worn 
beyond endurance by the strenuous work of the ministry, to 
spend the declining days of their lives. Here is fine fellow- 
ship, wonderful care, helpful ministrations. Finances? Ever 
remember that no pastor or pastor's wife is expected to pay 
anything into the Home treasury at any time. And that is not 
an idle statement. That is the pastor's right, won by his 
sacrificial service for the church. It is not a dole by any 
means. It is simply an attempt on the part of the Church 
to pay a debt which it has incurred. It is not, and should 
not be construed in any manner, as charity. In fact it is under- 
payment for a service willingly and unselfishly rendered. We 
urge pastors and wives who want to share this opportunity 
to do so, and the church will feeJ that they have helped to 
pay a legitimate debt. 

How to Make- Application 

One desiring to make application for Residence Member- 
ship in the Brethren's Home should adhere to the following 

1. Contact your pastor for information you do not have. 
Consult with him regarding your financial situation. He will 
willingly advise you. 

2. Send for an application blank, addressing your inquiry 
to Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer of the Benevolent Board, 931 
College Blvd., Ashland, Ohio. 

3. When application blank is received FILL IT IN IN 
FULL. This will save time, and expense in sending it back 
for further information. BE SURE to see that the medical 
part of the application is supplied by your physician. This 
is important. Remember that the Indiana law requires cer- 
tain things regarding the admission of individuals to the 
Home; among these a freedom from communicable diseases 
and the ability to care for one's self in part at least. 

4. If possible, go see the Home. If not, signify your will- 
ingness to be, satisfied with it when you arrive. 

5. Certain personal possessions can be taken to the Home. 
Contact the Superintendent for information concerning this. 

6. Be sure you want to enter the Home as a Life Resident 
Member. It will save you a great deal of embarrassment in 
the end. 

We have tried to be perfectly frank in this matter. For 
we feel that if the brotherhood knows exactly what is ex- 
pected it will be much easier for all concerned. But there 
are some things to remember. For instance, if all financial 
obligations are to be made of non effect, it vwU be "up to 
the brotherhood" to make up the deficiency. Therefore, as 
we come to this time of Benevolent Offering on February 
25th, it is your duty and mine to make such contribution that 
we may carry on the work of the Home without worry or 
curtailment. Why not double your offering this year? Don't 
hide behind the income tax or continued high prices — just 

remember that practically everybody is making more money 
than ever before in history. Why not let the Lord have His 
share ? 

Our Brethren Cause 

Rev. E. M. Riddle 

"Plead my cause, Lord." These significant words, of 
course, are only part of a verse in Psalms 35:1. This was a 
great opportunity for God. It always is when man reaches 
his end. David had a cause to plead, which he committed 
unto his God. Christians have many reasons for coming unto M 
God for help. Our troubles, our needs and distresses are nu- • 
merous, especially in these days of war but the finest way 
to meet them is simply to distrust human help and fully 
rely upon God. 

We have a cause to plead. It is the place and need for the 
Brethren Home. The Brethren Church can be happy to have 
a Home where the aged and enfeebled can be ministered to. 
This some is a channel of blessing and service for our church. 
We have a firm belief that our support of such Home and 
the Superanimated Ministers Fund is proof that we, as a 
church, are being used of God for a lovely ministry. 

You who need a home or need help temporarily or per- 
manently, plead your cause before the Lord. Give him an op- 
portunity with you. See if your needs cannot be met by the 
services of this board which represents the church. 

Once more the Benevolent Board comes before the church 
with her appeal. Your efforts and gifts of late years have 
been excellent. In the same faith we await your response. 

Louisville, Ohio. 

A Brethren Retirement Fund 

Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 

One of the tests of civilization, much more of a Christian 
civilization, is the regard which society has for its aged peo- 
ple. This is especially true of those who have grown old in 
useful service, and who gave, their lives to the help of others, Jf 
with no thought of personal gain, and least of all with any 
thought of accumulating a fortune for the benefit of their 
children or even the comforts of old age. The one profession 
in which this has been tnaest of all is the Christian ministry. 
I have helped hundreds of young men reach the decision of a 
life work in the ministry and in every instance, I have been 
thrilled to see them triumph over the biggest obstacle that 
lay in the way of this decision to serve God and His King- 
dom. There were times when it seemed that they either to- 
tally disregarded the economic necessity of having to make a 
living, or else their faith in God to provide for their needs, 
even into old age, was the predominant factor. And it is a 
fact, that God has miraculously provided for those who have 
had such a faith. 

On Sunday, January 21, 1945, it will be 25 years since I 
began to preach. The preachers in our Brotherhood wh* were 
then in the height of their power are many of them dead. 
Others are aged and infirm and not a few of them know the 
meaning of poverty and sacrifice. Many of those who are 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 


gone spent their last days in insecurity and some in actual 
want. In most cases their plight was not due to wantonness 
or waste but to low income while serving the church. In other 
instances the sacrifice was made by children whose rightful 
responsibility it was not, who out of consideration for sac- 
rificing parents and their own self respect, they undertook 
this care which rightfully belonged to society. 

Now I hope I will not be thought of speaking for myself. 
Of all the ministers in our Denomination, I have the least 
reason to complain. During all the years of my ministry the 
North Manchester Church has made it possible for me to 
have an income from other sources besides generous treat- 
ment at their hands. I am covered by Social Security, but 
not as a minister but rather as a Business lExecutive. So you 
will see that I am not complaining about my own position. 
But I can hardly stand by and see my fellow ministers left 
out of Social Security when our own church makes no pro- 
vision' for old age or retirement pensions. We, therefore, find 
ourselves as a Denomination in this awkward position: The 
Government \vill not include preachers under Social Security 
because most denominations have old age Pension Funds and 
the ministers of their churches arei therefore provided for. 
But our Denomination makes no such provision and the only 
way a Brethren preacher can hope to get old age benefits 
is to engage in secular work. Unless our own Denomination 
falls in line soon, I predict it will be impossible to hold some 
of our ministers in the service of our church. Had I begun 
my ministry in some other denomination, I could retire right 
now or at any time in the, future and receive at least $100 
per month for the uncertainties of the future. 

We have a home for the superannuated and as soon as the 
elevator which is bought is installed, the Home, will be really 
serviceable and desirable in every way. Now if we should 
decide also to raise funds for the retirement of our ministers, 
we should begin to compare favorably with other churches 
not only in the exercise of sound business practices, but also 
in carrying out the scriptural injunction "that the laborer 
is worthy of his hire." The church can well afford to lead 
the way in matters of justice and fair dealing. She has no 
excuse, least of all biblical, for taking advantage of her ser- 

This would be a good time to begin a prograjia of old age 
pensions in our church, and the thing that interests me is 
that laymen are now willing to undertake the launching of 
the program. The program might be set up with or without 
the regular features of an insurance program. The ministers 
might be asked to provide a part of the necessary funds 
through contributions from their own salary. But the major 
portion should be contributed by the churches as their share 
of a program designed to be fair to a group of men who 
have sacrificed for the church. 

The Benevolence offering in February would be a good 
time to begin to give for the beginning of such a founda- 
tion. Ample funds in the hands of the Benevolence Board will 
at least insure some help to those who are most needy and 
most worthy until some systematic method shall have been 
devised for the care of all of our ministei's as old age comes 
upon them. 

But I do not mean to imply in what I have written that 
the Benevolence offering is for the benefit of the ministers 
alone. There are many worthy laymen who need and deserve 
the best care the Flora Home can give, and it therefore goes 
without saying that the BRETHREN Church should 
have some co.ncern for Brotherhood Economics, in practice 
as well as in principle. Against the practice of the early 
church where the members had all things in common and 
no one lacked any necessary thing, in the Brethren Church of 

the 20th Century, it happens many times that the most use- 
ful of the flock must assume the role of a pauper. Brethren 
these things ought not so to be. 

North Manchester, Indiana. 

A Word From 

The Superintendent and 

Matron of the 

Brethren's Home 

Dear Readers: 

It is indeed a pleasure to be able to thank you for the 
splendid way in which you have so willingly helped us this 
past year. 

Since August we have put up new drapes in the reception 
room, hall, and office. We also have new curtains in the 
kitchen, curtains and blinds in one upstairs room, and sev- 
eral yards of curtain material to be made up in the spring. 
In the dining room we have a new set of dishes and glasses, 
and of these we are all very proud. 

These are some of the things you Brethren have helped us 
do, and we want you to know that we are grateful — more so 
than we can put into words. 

Inlaid linoleum has been placed on the kitchen and pantry 
floor and eleven storm windows have been put in upstairs. 
We are expecting to have tile linoleum laid in the dining 
room and front hall soon. 

In place of the shrubs in front of the Home, evergreen 
trees have been set. This adds much to the attractiveness of 
the view from the road. 

Despite the dry season, a good crop of corn was picked. 
We have six head of cattle, one of which \vill be butchered, 
and twenty-nine young hogs to be ready for market by May 
first. There are three hundred fifty-two bales and twelve 
loads of hay in the bam. 

Everyone has been pretty well this vidnter, and we are always 
ready to welcome anyone who wishes to become "one of us." 
There are still some newly painted vacant rooms waiting 
for someone to enjoy. Mrs. Mary Obenchain and Mr. and Mrs. 
Miles Basset of South Bend have entered the Home recently. 

In closing we want to extend an invitation to all of you 
to stop in and visit us at any time. May we have your prayers 
to guide us in this — God's work. 

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Scott. 

Matron's Report of Money Received 

List of gifts sent in by W. M. S. societies and individuals 
to be used for drapes, curtains and other needed articles for 
the Home: 

Denver, Ind $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. N. B. Brown, Peru, Ind 1.00 

Howe, Ind 5.00 

Mr. Irvin Clark, Brethren Home 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cyrus Meyer, Roann, Ind 1.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 1.32 

Uniontown, Pa 3.00 



Ashland, Ohio 8.05 

West Alexandria, Ohio 5.00 

Flora, Ind 10.00 

Lanark, 111 1.00 

Muncie, Ind 2.00 

Frenchtown, N. J .' 1.00 

Pittstown, N. J 2.00 

Cambria, Ind 1.00 

Harrisonburg, Va 2.00 

North Manchester, Ind 5.00 

Rockingham, Va 1.00 

Maurertown, Va 1.00 

Peru, Ind 1.00 

Warsaw, Ind 2.00 

Ladies' Bible Class, Warsaw, Ind 1.00 

Fidelity Class, Warsaw, Ind 2.50 

A Friend 1.00 

Mr. Yount, Dayton, Ohio 10.00 

Smithville, Ohio 1.00 

New Lebanon, Ohio 5.00 

Gratis, Ohio 5.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J 1.00 

Milledgeville, 111 1-00 

Cerro Gordo, 111 1.00 

Canton, Ohio 3.00 

Lanark, 111 2.00 

New Paris, Ind J 5.00 

Smithville, Ohio 1-00 

Elkhart, Ind 1.00 

Huntington, Ind 5.00 

Cameron, W. Va 1-00 

Rittman, Ohio 1.00 

Mulvane, Kans 1.00 

Wooster, Ohio 1.00 

Roann, Ind '. . 2.00 

Roanoke, Ind 1.00 

Meyersdale, Pa 1-00 

Dunkirk, Ohio 2.00 

Washington, D. C 2.00 

Union Bridge, Md 1.00 

Wooster, Ohio 1-00 

Canton, Ohio 1.00 

Burlington, Ind ' 1.00 

North Liberty, Ind 5.00 

Udell, Iowa 1.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 1.00 

Hagerstowm, Md 1.00 

Fremont, Ohio 1.00 

Salem, Ohio 1.00 

Louisville, Ohio 1-00 

Dutchtown, Ind 1-00 

Terra Alta, W. Va 1.00 

Masontown, Pa 5.00 

Oak Hill, W. Va 3.86 

Pittsburgh, Pa 4.00 

Johnstown, Pa 2.00 

Conemaugh, Pa 3.00 

Twelve Mile, Ind 2.00 

Jones Mills, Pa ■ 1-00 

Berlin, Pa '7.50 

Peru, Ind 1.00 

South Bend, Ind 15.00 

Hamlin, Kans 1-00 

Mexico, Ind 1-00 

Turlock, Calif 10.00 

Loree, Ind 2.00 

Columbus, Ohio 1.00 

Waynesboro, Pa 1.00 

College Corner, Ind 2.00 

Oakville, Ind 1.00 

Dayton, Ohio, W. M. S. by Anne Kline, Treas 1.00 

Dayton, Ohio, W. M. S. by Myrtle U. Fox, Treas 1.00 

Johnstown, Pa., Third Brethren Church and from the. 

Onward Circle Class 6.00 

Johnstown, Pa., Third Brethren Church W. M. S 1.00 

Johnstown, Pa., Conemaugh Brethren W. M. S 2.00 

La Verne, Calif 13.50 

Columbus, Ohio 7.00 

Florence Baekell 1.55 

Grace Miller 5.00 

Total received to date $241.28 

Total on hand for curtains for spring 111.37 ^ 

The places of the last two names have been misplaced. \^ 

Mrs. James E. Scott, Matron. 

The Barn and the Tractor 

National Goals Program 

Reu. J. G. DoMs, Ckairman 

(Beginning second year) 

What Hauc "^ou Dom Noowi It? 

1. A yearly Superannuated Ministers offering from all the 
churches, which will create a fund in the amount that will 
allow every officially retired minister, having a continuous 
tenure of Brethren Church Membership to be paid a salary 
equal to one dollar per month for every year spent in the 
active ministry of the Brethren Church. 

2. A yearly income for the Brethren Home from Benevo- 
lent offerings, and the farm to make the Home self support- 
ing; and thus enable the Home to fulfill its mission as stated 
in the charter. 


John C. Eck, First Vice-President of the Benevolence Board 

We have heard the words, "Time For a Change," a great 
many times in the past few months and from the results 
that followed, only a few folk thought that the time was now. 
Well that is not the kind of a change I am wanting, to dis- 
cuss with you at this writing. We have, however, set a goal 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 


for our Benevolences and until we have attained this one we 
can not expect to set another. We are sure you are in perfect 
accord with each point and have, resolved to do something 
about them, not next year but now, this year, and when the 
last Sunday of February arrives you will be ready to do your 
share of helping to reach these goals. 

We don't need to remind you that where there is no vision 
the people perish. We 'have a vision and we want that all the 
, Brethren see that same vision with us. 

The salary for our retired Ministers certainly should not 
be less than the amount the Goal calls for, that of $1.00 per 
month for each year of service. We have come to a very 
crucial time, when we have more churches than active min- 
isters and maybe we need only to stop and consider that in 
other vocations there is usually some fund created for retire- 
ment or pension, which the employee does receive after a 
specified number of years of service, and if a minister has 
no such security to look forward to the chances are that the 
younger man will not want to start on this work. So we are 
certain you will want to start on this goal to give some 
assurance to our ministers in the future, that there will be 
some certain amount for their labor and service, for cer- 
tainly the laborer is worthy of his hire. 

We should like to have you think with us for a few min- 
utes what some of our older ministers could give in the way 
of history and experience as well as doctrine in writings to 
be printed, so that in years to come the Brethren Church 
would have them for our enlightenment. 

We shall take the liberty to name some such persons; Dr. 
C. F. Yoder, Dr. G. W. Rench, Dr. Martin Shively, Rev. I. D. 
Bowman and others that could have the benefit of such a fund 
and could give their time wholly to writing of the expe- 
riences and knowledge they have acquired from the many 
years in the Lord's vineyard. We are sure these Brethren 
would more than welcome such a gift from the Brotherhood. 

We are going to go so far as to say that the time is at 
hand now, that the Brethren Church should set up a pension 
fund and some definite committee, and either the Goals com- 
mittee or the Laymen's Organization be ready to give this 
very important matter serious consideration and bring some 
recommendation before our next General Conference for our 

May we further suggest that a certain percent should be 
expected to be paid into the pension fund from each active 
minister, and the Brotherhood furnish the balance in the 
offej'ing given for the Superannuatel Ministers. This would 
call for a larger offering to this fund and there is no reason 
why this offering should not be doubled or increased at least 

You ask how this can be done. Only can this dream be 
realized when the Brethren church wakes up and take the 
word of God at face value, as found in Malachi 3:10, and 
literally bring all the tithes and offerings into God's store 
house. Do you tithe your income now ? 

So I am saying again it is "Time for a Change" in our 
program of Benevolences and until we do make a change 
we cannot expect to make any progress in filling our empty 
pulpits with Brethren, spirit filled, God fearing ministers. 

2. We need not go into a long discussion with you on the 
second part of the Goal — that of the Brethren Home. We 
have a very fine Home and under very good supeiwision and 
management in the personnel of the Superintendent and 
Matron, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Scott. They are doing their 
part to make the farm income sufficient to care for the 
needs as far as possible and also give the care and personal 
attention to the members of the Home, who have taken ad- 

vantage of this fine place of refuge in the time of life when 
they should have the modern conveniences such as are pro- 
vided in our Brethren Home. 

We are sure if you have never had that privilege to see 
our Home, you would not withhold your support after you 
made a visit and had an opportunity to fellowship with those 
that abide there. 

We hope and pray that we have said enough in this short 
article to have you make a change in your thinking and that 
you will support the Goals of the Benevolence Board, to your 
very best ability. 

What are you going to do about this National Conference 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Tke flatwnal Sunday School 

Rev. D. B. Flora 

Do we want our children to be Christian and Christians ? 
What a silly question, some one may reply, of course we do! 
But do we mean, in all sincerity and earnestness, something 
more than respectable, comfortable, church-going, church-be- 
longing men and women? Are willing to face for our children 
the criticism, misundei-standing, sacrifice, if that is what it 
costs to live like Christ evexy day in a society whose ideals 
are not Christ's and who seems bent on the destruction of 
itself and the race in the greatest war the world has ever 
seen ? If when we answer the question we mean "being Chris- 
tian" in the fullest possible sense of the term, our task as 
teachers of Christianity and Christian living will demand 
every ounce of our ability, of our faith, and, at times, of 
our courage. 

Teaching Christian living: Whose job is it? Sunday 
schools, nursery schools, kindergartens, vacation Bible 
schools, sununer camps. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, not to men- 
tion public schools, all take our children into their competent 
care. Some years ago, not too many, a noted psychologist 
came out openly and declared that the home is obsolete and 
that children would be much better off without parents, pro- 
posing, in apparently solemn sincerity, that they become the 
property of the state and its responsibility, instead of being 
left to the care of those who gave them birth and who so 
mismanage them. Perhaps when some cases and some homes 
are considered the scholarly advisor "had something" in his 
proposal. But to a great many of us he sounded like one who 
had been looking too longingly in the direction of totalitarian 
ideology, which God forbid we may ever take up in Amej'ica. 
There are better ways. 



In spite of the multiplying organizations and agencies; in 
spite of the radical utterances, the average parent feels in his 
inmost being that his child belongs, not to any of those, not 
to the state, not to the church, but to his own father and 
mother. This sense of fundamental obligation for the care 
and traiiiinig of one's own childreji is so strong that there 
may be but little occasion for alarm over tendencies that seem 
to be threatening the institution of parenthood, unless we 
allow the greed for the dollar and a hypertension of doubtful 
patriotism to upset us too much. It is very easy for many 
parents to shift their parental responsibility to grandparents, 
nurse girls and so-called kindergartens. Along with the ten- 
dencies me,ntioned a few sentences above has gone a con- 
stantly increasing and more significant emphasis upon the 
need for the training of parents for the great task which is 
inescapably theirs. 

Yes, it is the job of the parents, along with the assistance 
of others, in some degree, who have no children or whose 
have grown to maturity. Not all the organizations in the 
world, however admirable and helpful they may be, can take 
the job away. The center of the small child's life is home 
and father and mother, and it is there that the foundations 
for happy Christian living are laid. Where the father is dead, 
or divorced, or away in war the mother has a double respon- 

It is the responsibility of adults to teach Christian living 
and Christian principles and God's Book with the expecta- 
tion of leading the children to a personal experience of sal- 
vation in Christ. Thus and thus only may juvenile delinquency 
be combatted. 


The place for this to begin is in the lives and habits of 
parents and adults themselves. A familiar story tells of the 
school boy who was a little late in getting ready and otf to 
Sunday school. The father sat stretched out in his easy chair, 
unshod feet on a stool, tousled hair falling in all directions, 
looking at the Sunday paper, and said, "When I was a boy I 
never was late to Sunday school." As his boy went out the 
door, he gave his tie an extra yank, cast a glance back over 
his shoulder at his dad and muttered, "I bet it won't do me 
any good either." 

The church is valuable in Christian education of the child. 
Group worship. Christian teachers, ideas and attitudes ab- 
sorbed from music and pictures, processionals, plays, festival 
occasions, projects, all these and others shared in by a large 
company are most powerful influences and factors in the 
molding of child minds and characters. The chUrch provides 
a social stinftilus of common ideals. The child says at home, 
"All the kids do it; why can't I?" or "None of the kids 
do it; why must I?" 

A certain father was much disturbed because his children, 
as they reached the high-school age, dropped out of Bible 
school and almost all other church activities. He always 
blamed some one in church, a poor teacher or some other 
worker's mistake. He never connected his troubles with the 
fact that he and his wife were constant critics of the pastor, 
or the church program, or other workers in the church, al- 
ways something or some one. They were devoted workers 
themselves, yet they jeopardized much or all of their success 
by criticisms. Parents will, of course, be aware of weakness 
in the church program, but in the presence of their children 
they will speak of and dwell on favorable and happy features 
of the work. 

Parents can get their children to share the church life on 
the level of their own experiences very early. Small children 

can share in discussing and planning church events. They can 
be taught to give of their money, pennies though it may be, 
cut flowers, carry books, and help in various ways. Such ex- 
periences in childhood should lead to Christian decision and 
full church membership. 

(To be continued) 


fishers of fflen 


Dr. C. F. Yoder 

It is a mistake to think that only well educated people can 
win souls to Christ. Some of the world's greatest soul winners, 
like Moody and Billy Sunday, were not college graduates, or 
even licensed preachers. Even children can do something, and 
often do win their companions. A inan came from England 
to Buenos Aires to be a missionary. While studying the lan- 
guage he wanted to be doing something, and so several hours 
a day, when most people were passing, he, stood on the side- 
walk giving out tracts and saying to each passerby, "Dies 
es beuno" — God is good. The message was short and easily 
remembered, but it led many to some deep thinking, and 
some to salvation. 

However, for the teaching of the Bible in a thorough way, 
preparation is needed. If it is necessary for a doctor to study 
five years or more in order to be proficient in curing dis- 
eases, how much more should one who deals with sickness 
of soul and questions of eternity be well prepared? Mistakes 
on his part may do eternal hann. 

To be a fisher of men one must first be a child of God. 
One can not give what he does not possess, or explain what 
he himself does not understand. In the second parable of 
the sower (Matt. 13:38) Jesus explains that the "good seed 
are the children of the kingdom." It is they who are to be 
sown in all parts of the great field, the world. How could it 
be otherwise? The children of the e.vil one cannot possibly 
be the bearers of the light of life. Neither can a professed 
Christian living on a low level, lead others to the high le.vel 
of true spiritual life. 

It follows that, besides a formal confession of faith, a 
winner of souls must "tarry in Jerusalem until endued with 
power from on high." That power ' is a person — the Holy 
Spirit. Luke 24:49. To the seeker He gives faith to believe 
(1 Cor. 12:9) and to the believer He gives the divine love 
which urges him to seek to win others (Romans 5:5) and to 
the soul winner He gives power to convince sinners of their 
sins (Acts 6:10; John 16:8, 9). Such people are like Barna- 
bas, of whom it was said, "He was a good man, full of faith 
and of the Holy Spirit, and much people were added to the 

Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman testified that for years he preached 
with only ordinary success until he received the endueraent 
of the Holy Spirit, and that same year over four hundred 
persons were converted and added to his church. 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 


The endueraent of the Spirit, however, does not annul the 
need of Bible study. Those who profess to have direct in- 
spiration for all that they teach soon show that they are 
mistaken. "Study to show thyself approved unto God," says 
Paul, "a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15. Even the ordi- 
nary believer may become successful in teaching and soul 
winning. A certain earnest woman asked her husband to 
make for her a shelf in the kitchen where she might keep 
her Bible wide open. He did so, and as she worked during 
the day she would read a verse or two and then meditate 
upon them as she worked, and then read a bit more. In this 
way she memorized many texts and became a very proficient 
teacher in the church. 

The kind of Bible study which produces such results is 
not critical but devotional. It produces more knowledge of 
Christ than of history — more love than learning. But this is 
just what a soul winner needs. When the apostles were ex- 
amined, the magistrates noted that "they had been with 
Jesus." They knew Him, had been under His benign influence, 
and showed something of the majesty of His faith and power. 
Acts 4:13. Moses went up into the mount for a time of com- 
munion with God, and when he, came down from the mount 
his face shone although he knew it not. The successful soul 
winner must so know Christ. His face must be radiant with 
the spirit of Christ, for this radiance and this dignity will 
give power to his words. It will give meaning to the saying 
of the apostles in court, "We are witnesses of these things, 
and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God hath given to them 
that obey him." Acts 5:32. 

When Stephen gave his witness by a martyr's death, the 
council saw "his face as it had been the face of an angel." 
Acts 6:15. There was one brilliant young man who looked 
upon that face and never forgot it. It haunted him until he 
himself was willing to become a witness, if need be, for the 
Lord Jesus Christ. He becanie the mighty apostle Paul. 

Such a preparation makes a believer "apt to teach." He 
may not be an Elder in the church, but he will be a fruitful 
witness for the Lord. Were we all such witnesses we would 
not be striving for an increase of one-eighth of one percent, 
but for one hundred percent. 

But "brethren ye have need of patience" for "we have 
this treasure in earthen vessels." Some are so much "of the 
earth earthy" that the god of this world "hath blinded their 
eyes." Therefore they do not lift them up to the hills from 
whence cometh our strength, and "the people perish for the 
lack of vision." 

that God would raise up more leaders free from petty 
jealousies and full of the love of God; free from worldly 
weaknesses and full of the Holy Spirit; free from unholy 
alliances and all out for Christ and the Church — for then 
would her light shine full and far, and she would overpass 
all her goals. 

The Right to Make Mistakes 

Part I 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

A few days ago in one of the Continental Dailies, one of 
the friends of this Administration, carried the report of a 
daring speech by George Meany, Secretary of the A. F. L., 
claiming the "right to make mistakes." It carried so much 

good argument that it set me to thinking that I should call 
the attention of others to it. Complaining about the War La- 
bor Board, he is credited with saying: 

"... They believe that they know better what is 
(good) for us than we do ourselves, and the first free- 
dom they want to take away from us is the freedom to 
make mistakes. Keep that in mind. 

"We have got to be free to make mistakes and to- 
profit by those mistakes, and they are trying to take 
that freedom from us. They look on us with a certain 
amused tolerance and say, 'You don't know what is good 
for you' ..." 

Then George Solosky, the columnist after whom I like 
, to read, takes up the cudgel and argues further: 

"Every despot that ever bestrode the earth believed 
that he knew what was good for everybody else. I am 
sure that Hitler is positive that he is doing Germany 
good. Certainly every revolutionist from Bakunin 
through Lenin and Trotsky to Stalin was certain that 
everything he did was for the good of humanity, although 
Marxism has filled an entire generation with the foulest 
poisons man has yet been forced to absorb. 

"I am sure Henry Wallace was positive that he was 
sei'ving the American people when he killed the little 
pigs, although we could now use their bacon for our 
children, to say nothing of their hams for our soldiers. 

"Most men try to do good, although often their con- 
ception of good becomes in application the veriest of 
evil. So we can let intentions go and adhere to the lib- 
erty of judgment and action which is the foundation of 
all freedom — yes the right to be wrong, the right to make 
mistakes — and suffer the consequences as individuals. 

"That wisdom the founding fathers knew so well. When 
you read the Constitution, you will note how completely 
the individual is protected by all sorts of limitations 
placed upon govei'nment. 

"If this country rigidly adhered to the Constitution, 
it could afford to throw such a pale-faced sununation of 
human freedom as the Atlantic Charter into the ocean 
when came its being." 

With all of which I heartily agree. It is a part of the religion 
of real Brethren that they do not dictate. They refrained 
from making creeds because they would not bind another's 
conscience nor promote that which they anticipated might 
do so. They protested their limitations to more than human 
intelligence and would have no part in such propaganda as 
would bind anotheo: to ideas or thelogies not his own. Such 
a position religiously was as revolutionary as was our con- ^ 
stitution among govermnents of the world at that time. 

All Americans need also to guard their heritages while 
leaders reserve them, and promise theim to millions who do 
not understand and are unable to comprehend them. Sen- 
ators and Representatives also who have the courage to 
speak up and out, should be encouraged instanter as it is 
done. Limitations in wartime are necessary unless they are 
uselessly maintained. The authority assumed and granted 
now to men in high places in our government must not re- 
main permanent lest we lose all which our fathers fought 
nationally, and our forbears, religiously. 

It was the higher-ups in the religious life of the church 
before the reformation, written in creeds of men, and decision, 
encyclicals and edicts of the Pope who divided the church 
and started religious rebellion from wliich I dare say we 
have not recovered and none will deny, is costing the prog- 
ress of the gospel of Christ much too heavily. 



I shall have more to say regarding this Biblical founda- 
tion for this claim in another editorial. I hope this to have 
stirred enough interest to start some keen thinking among 
my readers and an urge to follow to its conclusions this de- 
mand on the part of labor and religious people in our beloved 

That many new trends have come into American life and 
that they are not all good, is so apparent that only the lazy 
and listless and the profiteering are unalarmed. We have suf- 
fered too much from encroachments already, and unless we 
understand the Biblical foundation and reasonableness of the 
right to make mistakes as well as of God's provision for 
mistakes, which ought to lead to forbearance, toleration and 
charity, we shall suffer infinitely more. In the next I shall 
endeavor to make plain the remainder of my thinking. Till 
then, think! 

Western Springs, 111. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 
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Attend regularly and punctually. 

Study the subject in advance. ' ' _ • 

Come expecting a blessing. 

Bring a friend with you. ' 

Be one of the first to take part. 

Join heartily in the singing. 

Don't think about that engageaiient tomorrow. 

Listen always as if hearing a will — to see how much there 
is FOR YOU. 

After the meeting greet as many as you courteously can; 
strangers first, friends afterwards. 

Finally, if you enjoyed the meeting, say so. Look for its 
good points and speak of them, so will you see more and 
more to approve and enjoy. — From a Pastor's Topic Card. 


1 John 3:4 

He who has the blessed hope of beholding God's face in 
righteousness "purifieth himself" (1 John 3:3). What, then, 
must be said of him, who instead of purifying himself "com- 
mitteth sin?" "To do sin" is the exact opposite of "to do 
righteousness" (1 John 2:29). 

I. Sin Defined. "Sin is the transgression of the law," or 
"lawlessness." All sin is lawlessness, and all lawlessness is 
sin. By "lawlessness" is meant the ignoring of the law rather 
than the absence of it. "The law" means the law of God 
in the fullest sense, not the IVIosaic Law. Sin is the trans- 
gression of God's will. It is "missing the mark" He has set 
for us, which we were created to fulfil of right government 
of self, of concern for our brother, of loyalty to God. The 
man who lives for seJf-pleasing rather than for the sake of 
pleasing God — who consults his fancies, and not his duty — 
is living in sin however polished his external self may seem. 
Sin is the violation of the law of God; it is rebellion against 
His will. 

II. Modern Theories Concerning Sin. (1) Sin is a natural 
imperfection — the crude effort of untrained man for right 

conduct. The text does not call it imperfection, but trans- 
gression of a holy law. (2) "All sin is charged to defective 
social arrangements: human society is not rightly organized, 
and because of this men err." But St. John charges sin upon 
the individual as a disregard or breach of Divine Law. (3) 
Some use the word "misdirection." But misdirection implies 
a misdirector, which is man. (4) Christian Science denies 
sin: "Because soul is immortal, soul cannot sin." (p. 468). 
Read Ezek. 18:4. 

"Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination. 
(Prov. 15:9). Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness. 
(2 Cor. 4:4; 1 John 2:11). Man calls sin a chance; God calls 
it a choice. (Josh 24:15; Prov. 1:29). Man calls sin a defect; 
God calls it a disease. (Psa. 103:3). Man calls sin an error 
God calls it enmity. (Rom. 8:7; Jas. 4:4). Man calls sin fas- 
cination; God calls it fatality. (Rom. 6:23; Ezek. 18:4). Man 
calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity. (Ex. 34:7; Jer. 2:22). 
Man calls sin a luxury; God calls it leprosy. (2 Kings 5:27; 
Num. 12:10'i). Man calls sin a liberty; God calls it lawless- 
ness. (1 John 3:4). Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it a trag- 
edy. (Psa. 37:38). Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it mad- 
ness. (Eccl. 9:3; Luke 6:11). Man calls sin a weakness; God 
calls it wilfulness." (1 Kings 8:47). What does an awakened 
conscience say? (Psalm 51:3, 4). 

III. Some New Testament Definitions: (1) Unbelief is the 
cardinal sin. (John 16:8, 9; Rom. 14:28). Neglect is sin. 
(Heb. 2:3; Matt. 25:31-46; James 4:17). Unrighteousness. (1 
John 5:17). Other expressions of sin are disobedience, tres- 
pass, ignorance of what one ought to have known, defective 
service which does not render a full measure, discord, and 
impiety or lack of reverence. 


In l,his terrible war time, we have a need that we 
believe is justifiable in presenting to the readers of 
THE EVANGELIST. It is this: The bus, which the 
Sisterhood Girls purchased for the work, needs an 
engine head. Locally we are told that they cannot be 
found now. Can someone who reads this think of a 
place where it might be bought. 

The head is for a 1935 model, Chevrolet, Mast^er. 
Just the head. Possibly some friend has a car out of 
use, but with a good engine head on it. The bus is out 
of use till this is found. THANK YOU FOR HELP 

G. E. Drushal, Lost Creek, Kentucky. 


The devil not only deceived man in the Garden of Edem, 
but is still carrying on his deceitfulness in the hearts of men. 
"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately 
wicked." It is one of the hardest things today to get men to 
be honest with their own hearts. Many people can see. their 
neighbors' faults, but are not willing to confess their own 
faults to their fellowmen and their own sins to God. 

On the authority of God's Word there is no way of es- 
cape, "if we neglect so great salvation." Let us therefore be 
honest before God, Who sees the secrets of our hearts. "Be 
not deceived; God ig not mocked, for whatsoever a man sow- 
eth that shall he also reap." 

Religion is caught, not taught. — Author unknown. 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 


Blati t0 S^hI 

Oregon C. Crume, Farmer, Brother, Friend 

As late as a bit more than two years ago, it was my privi- 
lege to live for a week in the home of Oregon Crume of 
Flora, Indiana. For a longer time he had known me as a 
preacher and writer. On my return from the West, a word 
from his wife gave me the sad information of his late death. 
And sad is the right word: for in those few days was kindled 
a love for a man who loved life and friends. He had much 
of this world's goods as farmers go, but no one would ever 
have discovered it from any pride or haughtiness of spirit. 
A man of wide experiences and acquaintances, he, neverthe- 
less, was always saying, "I like the fellow because he is 
straight or because he teaches (he used the term 'learnsM 
me things." His mind was open to the truth and eager to 
get a balanced opinion of things he did not know for himself. 

He was successful as a farmer and a sincere member of 
the Brethren Church and I believe, accepted fully the Brethren 
interpretation of the Scriptures, even though he was raised 
as one of the strictest of another denomination. He had many 
farms and tenants, and seemed to be little troubled about 
their methods, for it was results that counted with him, and 
seemingly he knew how to get on with tenants. He was 
genial and well poised. 

Unforgetable was his sociability and hospitality. To Mrs. 
Bame and I, he offered his best — a whole upper story of his 
house and with his meticulous and gracious wife, made us 
as much "at home" as he knew how or as one could ask. 
If some love to try to show off how well-to-do they are when 
they thus provide homes for "wandering evangelists," the 
Grumes did not. 

He loved his wife. "Becky," as he lovingly addressed her, 
was the "apple of his eye" and the one who made life happy 
and worth while to him. Two daughters and two grandchil- 
dren elicited the finest of admiration from him and he never 
gave a hint of any save the finest respect for his two sons- 

He was a big man physically and mentally in his field of 
values and services. He had a fine spirit and a good heart. 
Any person could well love to have him for a friend and 
brother in the Lord. 

He had a great concern for the Brethren Home and was 
concerned that Flora Brethren should have a good deal to 
say concerning its management. Being a good farmer him- 
self, he wanted the Brethren farm to be a good producer and 
he believed that Flora farmers would do better in its man- 
agreement than any other profession or tradesmen. 

It is a pleasure to offer this tribute to one I shall always 
miss when in Flora. I offer condolences to his good wife 
and family and commend them to God. 

A friend and brother, 

Charles A. Bame. 

ANDERSON. Mrs. Viola Adell Andej-son, widow of Joseph 
Anderson, passed to her eternal reward on January 4, 1945. 
She suffered a stroke about five months before death came 
and had been bedfast since that time. 

Sister Anderson was born near McGrawsville, Miami Coun- 
ty, Indiana, May 1, 1872. Her husband passed away in 1935. 
She leaves one son, Claude, three grandchildren and a host 
of friends. She was the last of a family of nine children. 

For many years our sister had been a faithful member of 
the Loree Brethren Church. Always jolly and looking on the 
bright side of life, she is one to be. missed in both church 
and community. Her devotion to the activities of the church 
will be long remembered. May peace and joy in the presence 
of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be her everlasting re- 

Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the under- 
signed, and burial was made in the nearby Rankin cemetery. 

Arthur H. Tinkel. 

Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

The opening of the new semester at Ashland College last 
week found the college holding her own numerically for the 
last half of the year. Up to the time this is being written, 
more than 130 students have registered and the list is not 
yet complete. Due to the calling of boys into the armed ser- 
vice, it is expected that the number in school this semester 
will be about 15 less than last semester when 166 were in 

Ten students registered for the last semester who were 
not here the first half of the year. A complete list will be 
announced later. 

The Freshmen elected their class officers last week. 
Elected President was Ray Sluss of Louisville, Ohio; Vice 
President, Ralph Mills of Hagerstown, Md. (St. James 
Church); Secretary, Ann Gilbert of West Alexandria, Ohio, 
and Treasurer, Barbara Shilliday, Ashland. 

The Basketball team has now won 5 games, as many as 
they won all last season. The squad which originally consisted 
of 15 members has been cut by boys entering the service 
until only eight are left. 

A new organ arrived on the campus last week. Its delivery 
relieves a congested situation since more students are study- 
ing organ than the churches of Ashland could possibly allow 
to practice on their instruments. The organ, technically an 
Orgatron, will be placed in the chapel and will be available, 
for recitals and other programs. It will also be used for prac- 
tice. The keyboard is standard and will allow students to 
readily play a pipe organ after learning on this one. It op- 
erates by reeds and has an amplification system similar to a 
public address system. Its addition to the facifities of the 
music department will add greatly to their opportunity for 
teaching. More details will be announced at the time of the 
dedication of the instrument. 

Plans are being made for May Day with a committee ap- 
pointed and the election of the queen scheduled in the near 
future. Only Juniors are eligible for this honor. 

The annual "Presidents' Reception" was held last Friday 
evening in the Myers Memorial Department of Music. Each 
year this social event is planned by the Student Council for 
the students and faculty. The presidents of all the student 
organizations form the reception line. The event is semi- 

Administrative officers of the college attended a meeting 
in Columbus recently to discuss new phases of the campaign 
against Alcohol as a beverage. President Mason and Deans 
Bixler, Bollinger and Stout participated. 






W. St. CIdir Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for February 18, 1945 

Scripture: Acts 15:1-12 
For The Leader 

Tolerance is a big word for most of us, but it is a word 
we must learn to know and to understand. Out of under- 
standing- of this word will come the solving of many of the 
social problems which we face today. It is almost hard to 
believe that right here in America that there are groups of 
people who hate each other just as much as do the warring 
nations. It is still harder to believe that these groups are 
organized and determined to wage battle with the other 
groups. Race riots, labor riots, and strikes, are all an out- 
growth of groups which hate each other. 

And so, to solve these problems, we must learn of the 
method of tolerance. The word means to respect the ideals, 
beliefs, and traditions of other groups. Other people have 
the right to live the same as we do. We should respect that 
right. They might not agree with us in everything, but then 
are we sure that our way is right? The only case in which 
Christians cannot afford to be tolerant is in the matter of 
sin and evil. We dare not tolerate these things. 


sometimes criticize other people for the way in which they 
do things. Perhaps they are perfectly right in what they are 
doing. But because it seems to conflict with our way of 
doing things, or our idea of it, we criticize them. Thus we 
are not very tolerant. And where did we get thei idea that 
we ourselves had the right way? We, too often, shut out 
from our mind the thought that someone else might have 
some good ideas, too. This difference of ideas has caused 
internal riots in nations, races, and churches. 

If we gain a better understanding of other people's 
thoughts, we will have gone a long way towards making 
ourselves agreeable with others. Christ was a good mixej 
with people. He ate and walked with all classes of people, 
seeking to lead tljem to life eternal. He, did not argue, nor 
"pick a fight" with them for what they believed. But by His 
life and teaching. He showed them the way they should go. 

theme of the lesson tonight seems to be the broadening out 
into the wide world of the friendliness and social success 
which is assumed to have, taken place in our owai small groups. 
Of course, our success in getting along together results from 
our common bond in Christ. There is no other interest which 
binds us as a group such as we are. If such a relationship 
could continue into the broadening range of community life, 
State life, and national life, yes, even into the entire world, 
the object of tonight's lesson would have been achieved. We 
would .not go very far from our small group until we meet 
people with whom we would not like to work with very 
much. They feel the same about us. For instance, the daugh- 
ter of a prominent society woman would not very likely ar- 
range to sing in a duet in church with the daughter of her 
mother's wash woman. There is absolutely nothing wrong 
with a socially prominent woman, nor with a woman who 
does the. washing for that socialite; not in America. Yet 

in America such differences do exist. 

True brotherliness cannot exist when such things are all 
around us. The secret of doing away with such walls of dif- 
ference lies in a working knowledge of the love of Christ 
Jesus in all hearts. When such is the case, the rich and the 
poor, the high and the low, can worship and feing together 
to the praise and glory of God. 

3. TOLERANCE VS. PRINCIPLE. Any person who stands 
out against the common way of doing things is usually called 
a fanatic. Especially so is this true, in religion. Radical relig- 
ionists go to the extremes in everything. Such things do not 
have to be. Such people in their beliefs are always carrying 
a chip on their shoulder, and the first person they meet, and 
with whom they do not agree, immediately receives a full 
line of condemning talk. Of course, they are not tolerant, 

nor are they doing their cause any good. ^- 

Yet on the other hand, we dare not sacrifice the beliefs \^ 
of our Christian faith because of what others might say. Our 
religion has certain basic things which, if changed or ig- 
nored, ruins our faith. We cannot sacrifice these basic things 
without giving up our whole faith. When there come people 
who would seek to take us away from our belief in Christ, 
then we must stand firm for what we believe. The sincere 
Christian is able to get along with those of his own- church, 
those of other churches, the people of his community. Why? 
Because he combines tolerance with principle. He. stands for 
what he believes, yet realizes that there are other people who 
do not believe the way he does. We can surely teach men of 
Christ without picking their life to pieces while doing it. 
If there are things in their lives which we know are not 
Christian, let the love and power of Christ do the changing. 

early days of the Church, a lot of trouble was started be- 
cause the Jews believed that when Gentiles became Christians 
that they had to live like the Jews did, and to keep the law 
of Moses. Peter made the explanation that the Gospel was 
for all men, free and full, without ceremony or Mosaic law. 
In other words, the early Jews were not very tolerant at first. 
Through long generations they had been taught to believe 
that God Eternal was their God alone; that no other people 
could claim Him as their God. 

The Spirit of God, through Peter, opened the minds of the 
Jews to the fact that salvation was for everybody, regardless 
of -race or color. The object of salvation is the heart of the 
individual. That goes deeper than social, racial, or denomina- 
tional afflictions. 

increase of trouble between labor organizations, races and ^ 
colors, and even in churches, there is much that we can do. 

As C. E'ers, we can learn to look for the other person's view- 
point. We may be the one who is wrong, or both may be 
wrong. We can show a Christian and human interest in the 
way the other person or group believes. We can live the way 
we say we do. If neighborliness is ever to increase to brother- 
liness, we must be tolerant of the other person's life. We 
must try to see their side of life. We must live Christian at 
all times. 


1. In what way are we all brethren? Matt. 23:8. 

2. What is a basic principle of brotherliness? Mark 3:33- 


3. What must we do to prove that we want to be brotherly ? 
Luke 10:33, 34. 

4. What things can we do to encourage others to be 
brotheriy? Rom. 14:13. 

5. What one thing is most necessary to be a success in this 
matter of brotherliness? 1 John 4:20, 21. 

FEBRUARY 10, 1945 






ews rrom 






We enjoyed a very helpful and interesting week with Dr. 
Yoder, November 19-26. Hearing him in a series of sermons 
makes one realize that holding up his hands these past years 
as our Missionary to South America surely has caused the 
ft Word to fall on many an ear in that needy land. Rom. 10:14. 
On the closing night our Communion and Love Feast was 
observed by the largest number that has enjoyed it for some 

Although we had no immediate results in our meeting we 
are sure that we ye.t \\'ill gather souls for His keeping and 
to that end we are working. Our new series of meetings shall 
be the week before Easter with our own pastor, Dr. Schutz, 
doing the preaching. 

On the twenty-first of January it was twenty-five years 
since Dr. Schutz came to be pastor of this congregation, al- 
though Rev. A. E. Thomas and Rev. H. H. Rowsey served one 
and two years respectively in the meanwhile, yet twenty-two 
years as a pastor of one church is an achievement for both 
pastor and church. He and his very able companion were 
presented with a lovely bouquet of red roses which T am 
sure convey more to the heart than to the eye, and our de- 
sire is to have him but to share him with others for years 
to come. 

It is our hope and prayer that we can contribute our share 
of New Members to the Brotherhood, but most of all that 
we might win them for Him regardless of where they might 
choose to serve Him. 

H. D. Hunter. 


On Wednesday, January 17, the First Brethren Church of 
Burlington observed a World Day of Prayer sponsored by 
the Women's Missionary Society. Guests of the day were 
the Women's Missionary Societies of the First Brethren 
I churches of Flora and Cambria and the Christian and Meth- 
' odist churches of Burlington. There was a good attendance 
^vith five societies represented. 

The meeting was opened with the Call to Worship. Fol- 
' lowing a hymn by the congregation, Mrs. Vella Hendrix read 
the devotions and offered prayevr. After remarks by Mrs. 
Paul Garrison, president of the Burlington W. M. S., Mar- 
garet Rhinehart gave a biography, "Florence Nightingale, 
Nurse." A poem, "Into the Deep," was read by Dorothy Gar- 
rison followed by a circle of prayer (for the church.) .Waneta 
Brubaker gave a topic, "A Prayer Directed Life." A solo 
from the Flora Society was sung by Marjorie Newel adding 
much to the spirit of the service. A topic, "Commit Thy Way 
Unto the Lord," was given by Edith Rodkey, and the W. M. 
S. Benediction brought the morning session to a close. 

A co-operative dinner was ser\'ed at the noon hour in the 
church basement at tables adorned with gates of prayer. Our 
beloved pastor. Rev. Wayne E. Whihart, was only privileged 
to be with us at the. noon hour. 

The afternoon session'was opened with Edith Rodkey play- 

ing the prelude, "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer," followed 
by the song, "Sweet Hour of Prayer." After this all joined 
in a circle of prayer (for missions.) Preceding the afternoon 
message, a vocal solo, "The Cross of Prayer," was given by 
Alice Harrell. 

We were very fortunate to have Rev. Claud Studebaker of 
South Bend, Indiana, with us who brought the afternoon 
message, taking his text from First Kings — "Thrown Altars." 
He spoke of the neglect of prayer in those days as now. Fol- 
lowing his message a poem was read by Margaret Rhine- 
hart, then all joined again in a circle of prayer (for boys 
and girls in Service). All standing and praying the Lord's 
Prayer closed a day of spiritual fellowship. 

Blanche Jewett, Corresponding Secretary. 


Greetings to the. Brotherhood in the name of the Lord. 
For too long a time we have held a silent pen, but not be- 
cause of a lack of desire or news to report. These are busy 
days and we find ourselves spread out almost thin. In spite 
of all, may God receive honor and glory in our lives. 

After three years of labor with the Brethren here, we of- 
fered to resign and the folks very graciously accepted the 
same, after waiting several weeks. There is a group of very 
faithful Brethren here and our labors with them have been 
an experience which we shall remember without regrets. 

While apparently not much growth is to be reported, we 
believe that unseen results were attained. Each year both 
increased interest and offerings were sho\\ai in all denomi- 
national interests. A most healthful indication is shown by 
the interest in the missionary work. We are glad to leave 
these Brethren in the hands of Brother C. C. Grisso, who is 
"retirinig" to a recently remodeled home in this town. We 
understand he has plenty to do which will keep him busy for 
a while yet. May God bless and strengthen both Brother and 
Sister Grisso in their labors in Mexico, Peru, and with the 
Brotherhod in Indiana. It was our privilege to sit under his 
preaching at College Corner and profit from it. 

In August we received a call from the Loree Brethren to 
serve the Loree-CoUege Corner circuit. This invitation came 
when we were seriously considering th^ Gratis, Ohio, work. 
Belie\dng this field to be providentially located for the time 
present, we accepted the call. On October the third, we moved 
into the very nice, parsonage at Loree. 

While knomng a few of the members before and having 
preached two or three times for them in the past, we are 
being pleasantly surprised as the weeks go by. This is a fine, 
prosperous, rural community, but a common people whom 
we believe desire to go all the way with the Lord, 

On Thursday evening, October 19th, the members gave a 
farewell reception for Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Grisso and the 
undersigned and family. This was much appreciated as well 
as the gifts presented to both. This people have learned the 
profitable joy of giving. We have not lacked for meat and 
many other articles, the good people constantly remembering 
us. It reminds the wTiter of the moral to a poem which a 
little girl in one of his school classes WTote, "Give of the 
best you have, and the best will come back to you." God loves 
cheerful, free givers. May more and more of us learn that 
lesson. A fine and appropriate Christmas play was presented 
on Christmas eve. 

Attendance at both morning and evening services is hold- 



ing up well in spite of the snow and treacherous roads. Es- 
pecially has evening attendance been showing a steady 
growth in numbers and interest. The young people have re- 
organized their Christian Endeavor and are going forward. 
The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha is active as well as the 
W. M. S. We are teaching school near Wabash, Indiana, where 
for twenty-two years we have held the same position. This 
is to be our last year according to present plans. We are 
looking forward to having more time to work in the church 

College Corner 

This is our home church. About twenty-two years ago we 
moved our membership here from the Church of the Breth- 
ren. Eleven years ago this church called us to the ministry 
after making our God-given call known. We. love this people. 
We know each other. Their problems are ours_ and ours are 

This is also a rural church, however having a much smaller 
membership than that of Loree. Our Sunday School, while 
not as large in attendance, as it should be, has a future and 
we look forward with keen anticipation to the time when it 
shall grow larger. 

Last fall we suffered a loss in the death of Brother John 
Knee, our superintendent of several years, but God has given 
us another in the person of Brother Herman Hood, who is 
leading'in a challenging way. We are praying for an enlarged 
vision of God's field here and believe He will lead this people 
to greater victories. 

A very impressive Christmas pantomime and candle light- 
ing service was held with a consecration of all Sunday School 
officers and teachers. The Brethren are. desirous of pressing 
on. We covet the prayers of those interested elsewhere. May 
God bless you all. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor. 

(There and Here) 

"Out of the dusk to you" is a pretty, lilting, mellow song 
that has appealed strangely to us Americans. Californians 
think of leaving their country as coming out of heaven to an- 
other place. Passing strange too, that the weather seems 
always to be. rebellious when some of us are "out there." 
Thirty-five years ago, they protested that they had escaped 
"terible storms," forgetting that many millions of people 
here never see a cyclone nor a tornado. They talk about the 
terrible thunder storms here and forget that thunder is a 
mighty factor in the making of enormous crops here in the 
bread basket of the country. They say get "California sand 
in your shoes and you'll always want it"; but I have re- 
sisted (or something) for a long, long time. 

Here and There 

Here we have Snow and ice. Beautiful, Christmas snow! 
How pretty it is and the six-petaled drops are a wonder of 
scientists, a problem unsolvable. It adorns everything and the 
beauty of it and them makes Christmas wonderful for us and 
them; there they have palms, poinsettia, geraniums and 
other beautiful tropical things. But the number killed from 
snow and ice probably is less than the killed there in fog 
and recklessness. Snow on the mountains there spells crops 
the next summer; here it spells crops ne,xt summer also, pro- 
tecting the winter wheat and grasses. There they have cotton 
on one side of you in the valley and white-capped moun- 
tains; here we have much" snow in the winter and beautiful 
fields of green and bountiful crops of harvest all summer. 
Both have health and sickness; both the same kinds of dis- 

eases and all die, most in due time and course. There, church 
memberships are very fleeting; here they are more permanent. 
There they have Hollywood with its divorces and scandals 
on the front pages and also, the most devoted and sincere. 
Christians; here (as there) we have hi-jacking, rum runners 
and crime; no less good Christians. 

Here and Heaven 

The best thing we can say for this mundane sphere is that 
"we have here no continuing city'; we seek one to come. It 
was the dying comfort of our great contemporary, Dr. J. ' 
Allen Miller. 2 Cor. 5. No climate or happy circumstance of 
beauty or weather has sufficed to make men like their Mas- 
ter and Savior. We must be born into the realm of light by 
regeneration. With Him in any clime, with any weather, with 
any environment or heredity, we may mount up on wings of 
eagles to the heights of eternal beauty, bliss a!nd redemption. Jt 
Thank God for a better country than any man has discovered. \^ 
Thank God for Him who came to tell us and, finally to take 
us to be vciVn. Himself "where He is" and to enjoy Him and 
it forever. 

At Goshen 

A call to inspire to such endeavor came to me to be with 
the Anti-Liquor Association of Northern Indiana, organized 
to unite, all the organizations into one to confront a common 
enemy of God, right and common decency. What a task we 
have in this field. And despite the evident fact that I saw 
none of my Brethren in the ministry or laity in this popu- 
lated country of our people, I did see 250 of the finest looking 
people who rose in a body to cheer me for my message and 
to encourage me to go on in this conflict. It was a hearten- 
ing and inspiring sight thus to know that so many braved 
the icy roads and storms to attend a meeting at variance 
to the drift in our country's life. "Add Temperance." 2 
Peter 1. 

Unite'd We Stand 

I am fond of reminding our people that prior to 1880 the 
Brethren have a common history. To that date the divisions 
were insignificantly small. And so, if it is common to our 
present profession and effort, no people have a record so 
fine as the Brethren on the subject of Temperance. As early 
as 1868, we reached a climactic height wTien we decided in 
Conference that no brother had a right even to sell his grain 
to a brewery or distillery. Long before it was determined 
that they had no right to buy or sell or use it in any form. 
From my experience of six months speaking for tempej-ance, 
1 fear that we (progressives) have lost some of our fervor. 
Measured by the number of churches who admitted us in jp 
these six months, I would say that the honors went to denom- 
inations in this order: Church of the Brethren, Church of God, 
Church of the Nazarenes, Evangelical, United Brethren, Men- 
nonite. Brethren. I am not so proud of that last place rating, 
but glad that our Muncie church did give one of the best 

The Wheel and the Plow 

During one of my pastorates I had many "Pennsylvania 
Dutch" members. One of them in a Youth Meeting one night, 
boosting, said, "We must put our shoulders to d© veel and 
bush the blow." Rather amusing, but on the right track. We 
must do that vigorously and faithfully both because of the 
dangerous drifts away from our moralities and because of 
our background, lest we forsake our heritage and lose our 
testimony. Teanperance we must add, lest we forfeit the right 
to assurance that we "never fall," are "neither barren nor 
unfruitful" and obtain or secure a "triumphant entrance into 
the kingdom of our Lord." 2 Peter 1 :8-ll. 

Charles A. Bame. 

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Easter will soon be here. It is our hope and pra.ver 
that the greatest Easter Offering we have ever lifted 
will be found ready to go directly into the much 
needed and very promising mission work in Argen- 
tina. We must have a new church in Rosario imme- 
diately. A lot must be purchased in Cordoba. The 
work in Buenos Aires must be pushed forward with 
better quarters for worship. All of the salaries of our 
workers must be increased if we hope to keep them 
and their wonderful work going. They have families 
to keep and educate. It is wrong that we should ex- 
pect them to continue in so rich and important Gos- 
pel ministries for us at so great sacrifice to thejn- 
selves. In addition to these things mentioned they 
must have typewriters, mimeograph machines, pic- 
ture machines, communion sets, and many such sup- 

In response to our report on Argentina in the last 

"Missionary Number" several very nice gifts have 
already been sent in. Some Christian Endeavor So- 
cieties are taking over real and vital projects. New 
Lebanon is striving for a real helpful objective in 
this very way. Elkhart is already boosting for their 
greatest Easter Offering. Imagine their goal, $5,000 ! 
Think what we can do this very year in our Foreign 
Mission program if we will. Then there is the possi^- 
bility of helping with the Medical missions in Africa 
and the Leper Colonies if we will. The harvest is 
very ripe. And the Lord of the harvest has great 
reapers working. Let us help them much ! 



Last Sunday we went to Elgin, Illinois, to show 
the moving pictures of our recent South American 
journey. The service was held in the Church of the 
Brethren. It began at 5:30 with a fellowship supper. 
The meal was South American. South American dec- 
orations were conspicuous. At 6:20 we all went to 
the main auditorium for worship. The intermediates 
and children were there. A most inspiring worship 
service was conducted. Prayers from many foreign 
lands were read. Hymns were sung. The message 
and pictures on South America were presented. A 
discussion period followed. The meeting adjourned 
at eight o'clock. 

This "School of Missions" was conducted each 
Sunday evening from January 7th through Febru- 
ary 4th. A great audience was present, and the at- 
tendance was high at every meeting. The school 
studied, on coiisecutive Sunday evenings, China, 
Africa, Home Missions, India, and South America. 

Such a plan becomes a brilliant accomplishment 
in bringing great truths from many lands to our^^ 
waiting laymen. It promotes rich fellowship in the 
church. It uses various leaders, such as discussion 
leaders, devotional leaders, music leaders, and those 
reporting on the assigned country. Why not try it in 
your church for both young and old? 


Read the article on "Christianity's Most Shocking Failure" 
and then see if any excuse will justify anything less than 
a sacrifice for our missions in Argentina. We have the work- 
ers, the calls, the fields, — everything but the needed funds. 
Boards v.'ith great responsibilities MUST not send their last 
dollar. Our reserves must be kept intact. Too many mouths 
must be fed too far ahead to spend that. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 



o r I d I s 

By. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Christianity s 

Most Shocking 



Dr. John A. Mackey, of Princeton Seminary, 
states that, "The gravest single issue that confronts 
the Western Hemisphere" is the issue that is now 
being- contested about religious liberty in South 

Any informed churchman today is aware of the 
numerous articles in contemporaneous literature and 
of the books being written on this subject. A re- 
cent series of articles in "The Christian Century" 
has presented the issue again. Harold E. Fey has 
written on this subject to the amazement of many 
Protestants who were not fully aware of the devel- 
oping situation. 

A recent book by George P. Howard, a native of 
Argentina, reveals still more startling facts about 
the Catholic program in all of Latin America. His 
book is entitled "Religious Liberty in Latin Amer- 
ica." It is the result of hundreds of conferences with 
as many Catholic representatives of South America. 
Dr. Howard interviewed men of every walk of life, 
and particularly government officials and newspa- 
per editors. His findings are well worth our hearing 
i| and action. It is a striking feature of his entire jour- 
ney into South America that he found the leaders 
of every country of those Republics eager to talk, 
and even to be quoted as to their appraisal of the 
Catholic intention and detriment to their country. 
Not only did these men speak strongly AGAINST 
Catholicism, but at the same writings welcomed 
Protestantism into their lands, though they them- 
selves were born Catholics-. 

Dr. Howard has some striking chapters. Let us 
consider some of his statements in chapter HI, en- 
titled ; 

"How Rovmn Catholic is South America?" 

"A very large proportion of the student and edu- 
cated- classes as well as of the new middle class. 

which is just emerging in Latin America, has not 
been won to Christianity. These people are tradi- 
tionally indifferent and even hostile to religion. To 
be religious or go to church is still the sign of in- 
feriority among large numbers of the intellectuals. 
They threw off the shackles of an obscurantist re- 
ligious faith weighted with superstition and they 
have not yet been shown that a man can be a Chris- 
tian and preserve his intellectual respectability . . . 
Visitors from South America to the United States 
remark on the ease and naturalness with which re- 
ligion takes its place in so many aspects of Amer- 
ican life. It surprises them to hear prayer offered 
at public functions. In his report to one of the lead- 
ing newspapers of Buenos Aires, a newspaper corre- 
spondent from Argentina who recently visited the 
United States marveled that the president of a great 
American university should have said grace at a ban- 
quet table around which were gathered a group of 
educators of international repute. The reaction in 
university centers of Latin America against relig- 
ion and all that was reminiscent of churchly influ- 
ence was so radical that all forms of academic garb 
were barred. It is necessary to go to Protestant 
countries to find the cap and gown in use. 

"The intelligent Argentine," says Hubert Herring, 
in "Good Neighbors" expects the women and chil- 
dren to go to mass; his wife will faithfully aid the 
pious charities which all good women share, and he 
will appear upon pi'oper occasion to make the ges- 
tures which custom dictates. But the leaders in the 
business and professional and intellectual life of 
Argentina no longer accept the claims of the church 
with any seriousness." 

Dr. Juan B. Teran, onetime rector of the Argen- 
tine University of Tucuman said, "How sti-ange it 
is that we should be able to say that even today 
there exists in Hispanic American sentimentality 
something of fetishism, a lack of spirituality, the 
fondness for external ritu^, the d'evilish beliefs 
which the superficial Christianiz.ation of the period 
of conquest did not extirpate! Men of the upper 
classes keep aloof from all religious affairs, believ- 
ing them to be for the women only. At best they take 
up an attitude of benevolent neutrality. They are 
not atheists, because to be an atheist would be a 
sign of having reflected on religious problems. They 
are simply indifferent and Epicurean.' ' 

Father Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Society of Je- 
sus, in a book recently published with full ecclesias- 
tical authority asks the question, "Is Chile a Catholic 



country?" His answer is this, "It is l)elieved that al- 
most every Cliilean has some kind of faith. The re- 
sults shown by investigations and statistics, how- 
ever, oblige us to tliink differently. It is true that 
the majority of our people have a rudimentary re- 
ligious faith which is expressed by the act of bap- 
tism of children, by keeping images in the homes, 
and by sundry other practices most of which are 
more superstitious than religious. However, Chris- 
tian living is every day less apparent .and in some 
regions has even disappeared." Then Father Hur- 
tado quotes a pastoral letter of the Chilean Episco- 
pate of November, 1939, in which the bishops give, 
as an optimistic estimate, that barely ten per cent 
of the population of Chile attends Mass on Sundays 
and feast days. He complains that 50 per cent of the 
marriages have not been blessed by the Church, and 
adds "more than half of the population is therefore 
born illegitimately in the Christian sense." This pei'- 
centage is frightening ... In Chile there are three 
sacraments : baptism, confirmation and religious pro- 
cessions. Our people pay more attention to the wor- 
ship of the saints and to showy processions . . . than 
they do to receiving the body of Christ and the for- 
giveness of their sins." 

Another Latin American writer recently said, 
"Charlie Chaplin is better known in South America 
today than Jesus Christ." Twenty years of the mov- 
ing picture have made the comedian better known 
than four centuries of Roman Catholicism. 

"The new industrial classes in Argentina, Chile, 
and Uruguay have swung away from a church which 


God — let me be aware. 

Let me not stumble blindly down the ways, 

Just getting somehow safely through the days. 

Not even groping for another hand, 

Not even wondering why it all was planned. 

Eyes to the ground unseeking for the light. 

Soul never aching for a wild-windged flight. 

Please, keep me eager just to do my share. 

God — let me be aware. 

God — let me be aware. 
Stab my soul fiercely with others' pain. 
Let me walk seeing horror and stain. 
Let my hands, groping, find other hands. 
Give me the heart that divines, understands. 
Give me the courage, wounded to fight. 
Flood me with knowledge, drench me in light. 
Please, keep me eager just to do my share. 
God — let me be aware. 

— Miriam Tiechner. 

they have so frequently found arrayed on the side 
of privilege. Only a church democratically organized 
will be able to win these working classes back to 

"Nearly 15 million Indians in Latin America are 
waiting to be Christianized. 

"Chile has only one priest to every 3,000 of the 
population. Peru and Mexico have one priest to every 
6,000. Argentina and Brazil have one priest to every 
9,000, and Guatemala only one priest for every 25,- 
000 of the population. Compare these figures with 
the case of the United States of America, where 
there is one priest to every 3,750 of the total popu- f~ 
lation, and that of England where there is one priest ^ 
for every 400 Catholics or one for every 7,000 of 
the total population. These figures reveal the inter- 
esting fact that in Protestant countries Roman 
Catholics are better supplied with priests than in 
the supposedly Catholic countries of South America. 

"Comparing Buenos Aires with Philadelphia, two 
cities of almost equal size, we find that Protestant 
Philadelphia has 150 Roman Catholic parishes, while 
the supposedly Catholic city of Buenos Aires has 
only 84 parishes and 113 churches, and this for a 
city of 2,300,000. 

"The brilliant editor and writer, Manuel Seoane, 
when asked how Roman Catholic is Latin America 
was, answered, 'I have lived for more than twenty 
years in Peru, ten in Argentina, six in Chile, and 
during brief periods in Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, 
Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Brazil and Cuba. I can 
affirm that, with the honorable exception of a mi- 
nority which is authentically Catholic, the majority 
of so-called Latin American Catholics place the trap- 
pings and externalities of religion above its deeper 
and more intimate meaning. Millions of Indians and 
mestizos in the Provinces, where for centuries the 
Catholic Church has had no competition, have fallen 
into dead formalism and a meaningless routine.' " ^' 

"Latin America is Christianity's most shocking 

From Chapter V, "Do Latin Americans Resent 
Protestant Missions?" we quote from a few of Mr. 
Howard's interviews. 

Three Chilean Ex-Presidents write : 

1. Ex-President Allesandri, November 10, 1943, 

"I have no hesitation at all in declaring that as 
a result of continuous and attentive observation of 
the work Protestantism realizes in my country, I 
give it my unstinted applause and recognize that it 
has .always contributed to the progress of our coun- 
try and the moral improvement of our people. Its 
schools, its philanthropic and social service activi- 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 


ties, its propaganda and its teachings have always 
been inspired by the highest Christian principles 
and by the ethical doctrines of love and peace to all 

2. Ex-President Juan Esteban Montero, November 
17, 1943, writes: 

"You ask me to express my opinion regai'ding the 
campaign carried on in the United States against 
the presence of Protestant missionaries in our coun- 
try. I understood that it is claimed that they are an 
obstacle to the Good Neighbor Policy. I am not ac- 
acquainted with the arguments on which such an 
opinion is based; but I think that it is extremely 
5 strange that any one should hold such an idea in 
his mind. The very character of the work accom- 
plished by these missionaries would refute any such 

"Cordial relations between two countries and a 
policy of good neighborliness cannot suffer harm 
but, on the contrary, will be strengthened by any 
effort which is made to elevate the moral level of 
mankind . . . Protestant missions, with their schools, 
their hospitals, their centers of social service, and 
their preaching, constitute an important contribu- 
tion to the strengthening of moral principles in our 
country. And as they have always avoided meddling 
in politics, they are a most valuable aid to intei'na- 
tional good will and a sti'ong support for the Good 
Neighbor policy." 

3. Ex-President Carlos Ibanez says in his letter of 

October 25, 1943: 

"I have been told of the attacks against the Prot- 
estant Church in the United States because of its 
missionary activity in Latin America. In these at- 
tacks it is alleged that these missions are an ob- 
stacle to the Good Neighbor policy. 

i| "It is my agreeable duty to say to you that, as far 
as Chile is concerned, there is no basis or foundation 
for such an unjust accusation. Protestant methods 
of work have in them nothing which constitute an 
offense to our national sentiment or the culture of 
our people. On the contrary, the work which is ac- 
complished by the Protestant churches is the expres- 
sion of a practical and disinterested religion which 
only a very bigoted mind could fail to recognize. 

"The value of Protestant work can be seen in its 
campaign against alcoholism, its social work on be- 
half of the disinterested, its clinics, orphanages, 
homes for the homeless, and the high type of phys- 
ical development encouraged by the Y. M. C. A. 

"And finally, my profound interest in the problem 
of education leads me to pay the warmest tribute to 


I shall not fear that darkened hour 
When all my being seems drained of 

power ; 
Moses prayed that he might die ; 
Luther, troubled, wished to fly: 
Even Jesus, in agony. 
Cried, "Why hast thou forsaken me?" 
The superficial heart is gay: 
Sincerity can know dismay. 

— Isabel M. Wood. 

such schools as Santiago College, the Institute Ingles, 
and the Protestant schools in Teniuco. All these in- 
stitutions are making a valuable contribution to our 

"May my testimony serve to encourage your mis- 
sions to work with more strength and vigor on be- 
half of our people." 

A Statement signed by every member of the 
Chilean president's cabinet : 

"The undersigned, being consulted regarding 
their estimate of the Protestant missionaries who 
have come from the United States and who work in 
Chile, on the basis of theii' observation as ministers 
of state declare: 

"That the total contribution of these missionaries 
to our country has been highly beneficial in a cul- 
tural, civic, and spiritual sense. 

"That the missionaries who have identified them- 
selves with the life of Chile have been faithful in- 
terpreters of that sincere friendship which is always 
a sacred bond between sister nations, 

"That, far from creating difficulties in interna- 
tional relations or being an obstacle to the Good 
Neighbor policy, they have promoted a feeling of 
mutual understanding and a spirit of practical co- 
operation without in any way interfering in political 

Ministers and laymen will want to read this 
amazing work by Mr. Howard. In the light of the 
overwhelming welcome given to Protestants in South 
America, and in the hour of their great spiritual 
needs it is good to a Brethren heart that we have a 
flourishing mission field in Argentina. No one can 
doubt the friendliness of the people of those com- 
munities in which our churches are located, once he 
has been there. Let us pray for them. Let us send 
them concrete help in great amounts in order to fur- 
ther the Gospel of Jesus Christ among a people who 
love it. 



The Rise of Church and the State in Puerto Rico 

W. SUmley Rycroft, 
Secretary of Committee on Cooperation in Latin 

■ advantage. The disadvantages of the plan from the 

Protestant and liberal point of view were that it 
would lead to coercion of some to attend Roman 
Catholic classes and also to the disparagement and 
even oppression of Protestant children who in most 
cases would be a minority in a given school popu- 
lation. The separation of children by religious creed 
would generate or increase religious antagonism. 

Showing the Rise of Public Opinion Against Cathol- 
icism, in Latin Amerida 

During the past few months an intense contro- 
versy has swept the island of Puerto Rico overshad- 
owing at times all other issues. The spark which 
lighted the fire was the proposal to introduce re- 
ligious instruction in the day schools. The climax 
was the defeat in the November elections of candi- 
dates announced and recommended by the Roman 
Catholic hierarchy as favoring this measure. 

In December, 1943 an article in "El Mundo" of 
San Juan announced that the Department of Edu- 
cation planned to initiate religious instruction in 
the public schools through released time. The plan 
was immediately endorsed by the Roman Catholic 
clergy but met with opposition from the Protestant 
churches, the Masons, the Oddfellows, the Associa- 
tion of Teachers, the Parent-Teacher Association, 
the Council of Supervisors of the Department of 
Education, The American Federation of Labor, and 
many intellectual leaders, among them the Chan- 
cellor of the University of Puerto Rico. 

Why did the Protestant churches oppose this 
plan? Are they not interested in the religious in- 
struction of children in Puerto Rico? 

The facts speak for themselves. Through their 
Sunday schools religious instruction and basic moral 
principles are given to many thousands of children 
for an hour and a half each Sunday. Schools of 400 
and 500 pupils are not uncommon. Pi'otestants more- 
over have never objected to any program the Roman 
Catholics might desire to use for religious instruc- 
tion of Catholic children. However, they seem to be 
making little use if any of free time children may 
now have on Saturdays and especially on Sundays. 

It is true that the released time plan has worked 
fairly well in some communities in the United States. 
However, there is an important difference. In the 
New York area, for example, a working agreement 
was come to after years of woi-k by the different re- 
ligious groups before any action was recommended 
to the educational authorities. No such basis of mu- 
ual understanding was ever attained in Puerto Rico. 
The Roman Catholic Church was particularly inter- 
ested in this plan because it would thereby gain an 


Be this as it may, events proved that much deeper 
issues were at stake. Protestants saw in the plan 
an opening wedge for Catholic domination of edu- 
cation and even intimidation of Protestant children. 

When the Department of Education withdrew the 
plan it became the object of attack by the Roman 
Catholic clergy, who took occasion to criticise the 
public school system as materialistic. Said Bishop 
Willinger, "This system of secular or neutral educa- 
tion began in the States because of the 'strife of 
contradictory sects.' " 

The Roman Catholic bishops claimed that the ma- 
jority in the country favored this plan of religious 
instruction and therefore the will of the majority 
should prevail, forgetting that even were this so 
(and events proved it was not) religious minorities 
also have rights in a democracy. 

In view of the forthcoming November elections 
the two Roman Catholic bishops demanded that the 
political parties declare themselves in favor of re- 
ligious instruction through the public schools. Fail- 
ing in this they caused to be published in the press 
the names of candidates known to be sympathetic 
to the measure. A circular letter sent to all Catholic 
priests and published in the press reminded them of 
their duty "to instruct the faithful concerning the 
obligation of voting for Catholic candidates or those 
who favor publicly or by written word the teaching 
of religion to children in public schools." 

This action of the Roman Catholic prelates a mat- 
ter of weeks before the elections brought on a storm 
of protest. In the press, in the pulpit and in great 
mass meetings in public square reference was made 
to the violation of the Constitution of the United 
States (Article VI, Section 3) by the Roman Cath- 
olic hierarchy in its attempt to introduce religious 
instruction in public schools by political means and 
for its own purposes. This was interference of the 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 


church in matter of government. What began as a 
question of whether religious instruction should be 
given in public schools turned out to be an issue of 
far-reaching importance, namely, the separation of 
Church and State. 

No one in the Protestant church in Puerto Rico 
would deny that it would be desirable to give chil- 
dren more religious instruction but many came to 
feel that this issue was a kind of smoke screen for 
some adroit maneuvering on the part of the Roman 
Catholic hierarchy. All but one of the political par- 
ties in the Island refused to have any part in this 
election move of the hierarchy. Said Luis Munoz 
Marin, the leader of the Popular Democratic Party 
and President of the Senate, "The State must not 
use its power of coercion to teach religion." "The 
principle of the separation of Church and State," he 
said, "prevents the use of the basic power of the 
State with respect to religion in any form." Dr. 
Aaron F. Webber, head of the Baptist work in the 
Island stated in an article in "El Mundo," "The 
eiTor of the hierarchy consists in the effort to 
achieve democracy by skipping over the democratic 
procedui'es ..." 

This situation in Puerto Rico reflects the aggressive 
campaign of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to obtain 
supremacy in the Americas. The evidence seems to 

point to a determined effort to achieve this during 
the war while any voice of protest ■will be silenced 
in the name of a unity behind the war effoi-t. 

Wherever the Roman Catholic Church has 
achieved control of religious instruction in public 
schools as in Peru, and more recently in Argentina, 
it has tended to produce fanaticism, superstition and 
anti-democratic attitudes. 

Fortunately for the people of Puerto Rico, they 
were aroused to the danger. In spite of the intense 
propaganda of the Roman Catholic voters the result 
of the election was an overwhelming defeat for those 
who would impose religious instruction on the 
schools by political means. The Democratic Painty 
won with large majorities in all but three of the 
seventy-seven districts, and only one of these three 
is on the main island. The only party which offi- 
cially backed the proposal to introduce religious in- 
struction by released time in the schools was the 
Liberal Party and it did not poll enough votes to stay 
in existence in the next general elections. 

There were, of course, many factors at work in 
the last election, but observers affirm that the issue 
of religious instruction as referred to in this article 
was one of them and the people of Puerto Rico gave 
their verdict. 


Here is a story of missions in wartime as set forth by Professor Ken- 
neth Scott Latourette, of Yale, member of Board of Managers, American 
Baptist Foreign Missionary Society,* in Th^ Christian Laymayi : 

"In 1789, the French Revolution broke out. It was followed by the 
Napoleonic Wars which lasted from 1792 to 1815. In the span of those 
distressing years, the following events occurred : 

1792 — In the year of the Reign of Terror in Paris the Baptist Missionary 
Society was organized, growing out of the efforts of William Carey. 

1799 — When Napoleon was leturning to France from his campaign in 
Egypt in an effort to break Britain's communications with India, 
the Church Missionary Society was formed. 

1804 — About the time that Napoleon was giving the greatest threat of 
invasion England has had between the Spanish Armada and the 
Nazi attempt in 1940, the British and Foreign Bible Society was 

1810 — At a time when New England was distraught by our attempts to 
maintain our neutrality in the Napoleonic Wars, and on the eve of 
our second war with Great Britain, the American Board of Com- 
missioners for Foreign Missions was organized in New England. 

1812 — While American ports were being blockaded by the British, the 
first party of American missionaries, of which Adoniram Judsou 
was a member, sailed for India." 



A New 

Social Order 

By Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 

This is the last in the series of Dr. Schutz' s illuminative and highly appreciated 
articles. We have had many comments and expressions of appreciation for Dr-' 
Schutz' s writings. We hope we may again read another series such as this from 
him. I 

Any questioning of the boys now on the battle 
front relative to their war aims would certainly in- 
clude their desire for a new social order. In fact, all 
who are dissatisfied with things as they are (and 
who is not) is talking about a new social order. 
The man on the street, who is sure that the world 
is out of joint talks about a new social order. So 
does the man in the office. Ministers and statesmen 
allude to it regularly, but so does the racial labor 
leader. There are many different approaches, and 
the groups whose methods vary between extreme 
conservation on the one hand and irresponsible rad- 
icalism on the other, all want a new social order. The 
name or label applied to the various groups for po- 
litical or social action may mean little or much so 
far as a program is concerned, but they all repre- 
sent in the final analysis, a deep desire for change. 
No one in the world has produced a clearer or 
stronger demand for a new social order than Hitler 
has. His progi-am is the most revolutionary of all. 
Hitler desires not only to change Germany, but 
Europe and all the world as well. Hitler is not un- 
like the rest of us in this at least, that he is not 
satisfied with things as they are. 

It must be obvious that the demand for a new 
world, a new social order, is well nigh universal. 
What puzzles both statesmen and social reformers 
is the method by which it is to be accomplished. 
Everywhere we cry not only for leaders to show us 
the way, but also for a program that shall accom- 
plish the fact. Before, during and after the war is 
this desire for a new world. The war is fought in 
part at least, to help bring it about. If the boys win 
on the battle front as they will, they will not of 
themselves bring it about, they will only provide us 
with the opportunity to bring it about after the war. 
That is why this important war aim must also be- 
come one of our most important peace aims. 

Who shall give us the pattern and what shall be 
the chai'acter of this new world? This is what Presi- 
dent Roosevelt said about it in his Armistice Day 
speech on Nov. 11, 1940, "We will unite, we will 
strive mightily, to preserve intact that new order' 

of the ages founded by our fathers of America." This 
statement was made before we were plunged into 
the maelstrom of war by the Japanese attack at 
Pearl Harbor. It was unquestionably based upon a 
peaceful method of achievement. Directly at least 
it does not imply the necessity either of war or revo- 
lution to be accomplished. "That new order of the 
ages founded by our fathers of America" was new 
two centuries ago and will remain so to the end of 
time, because of its emphasis upon the value of hu- 
man personality with all of the attendant requisites, 
i. e., freedom, justice, democracy, etc. That was a 
striking new concept when our fathers left their 
European homes to flee forever from tyranny. It f 
is still new so far as the major portion of the world 
is concerned. The President is right when he says 
we will strive to keep it intact. Since Pearl Harbor 
it has become necessary to say we will fight for it. 
That is what the armed forces are doing. But they 
cannot do it alone. This is the task of all of us. "If 
the armed forces win, and the church loses, the 
larger battle is lost." 

Granted that a new social order is to emerge from 
the war (and there are those who argue that there 
can be no progress without war) it will be neither 
complete or full grown at the emergence. It will 
need to be nurtured carefully and long. War after all 
means violence and violence cannot produce lasting 
values. The contrast is always between evolution and 
revolution and war at its best is revolutionary and 
not evolutionary. War, with all of its violence and 
disruption can only provide the opportunity for a 
task that must be continued by peaceful and con- 
structive means; a warfare in which the soldiers on 
the home front must also play their part. 

There are those who believe in a revolutionary 
method to accomplish anything and everything and 
especially the ci'eation of a new social order. There 
are many revolutionary groups in the world. They 
favor this method if for no other reason than that it ^ 
does produce change. But change is not of itself 
progress. I was in Italy when facism was born; a 
rathei' violent change with Mussolini as Dictator. 
I also saw the revolutionary change that came in 
Germany with the triumph of Hitler and Nazism. 
The torch that was kindled in these countries, their 
leaders have tried to carry with fanaticism and 
treachery to the rest of the world. But already we 
are certain that their program has failed. In fact 
it was destined to fail because it was revolutionary. 
Some day all leaders will know that it cannot work. 
There were those who wanted Jesus to employ the 
revolutionary method. There were Jews in His day 
who thought that it was the duty of every patriotic 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 


Jew to plan and execute the complete destruction 
of Rome. They tried to prevail upon Jesus to employ 
that method in His Messianic leadership. He flatly 
refused them. He never in His life countenanced 
such schemes, and why? The first answer of course, 
is that He was not a revolutionist. The whole pro- 
gram runs counter to the method of growth to which 
He referred so often. "The Kingdom does not come 
with violence." 

Moreover, Jesus knew that every revolution would 
produce a counter revolution. No regime is secure 
that rests upon murder and bloodshed. There is only 
one kind of revolution that does not produce a coun- 
ter revolution and in which no blood is shed and 
that is the spiritual revolution produced by Jesus 
Christ. That is the reason we frankly cannot accom- 
plish the task of creating a new social order on the 
battlefield alone. This is a task that must be accom- 
plished in human hearts and is therefore a spiritual 
reality that waits upon the transforming spirit of 
Christ. Even if Germany were to be victorious over 
her enemies the fact that she must resort to purges 
and a bloodbath is evidence of the total failure of 
her revolutionary philosophy, Nazism. So likewise, 

are over, if they would live by the cross during con- 
structive years of peace, they would never need 
again to turn to the cannon." 

The social ordei' with which we are familiar is 
organized too much in neglect of Christ and the 
cross and therefore it includes many and vast injus- 
tices that must be corrected. We are not committed 
to a total war for their correction, but let no one 
think that even a total war can bring that about. 
Again we say that at best it can only provide us the 
opportunity. This is the task of peacetime agencies 
and especially that of the church. How is it to be 
done and exactly what is the program and respon- 
sibility of the Church? 

Here we face a sharp clash of opinion of men who 
may be equally honest and sincere. One group says 
the task of the church and of Christians is to make 
more Christians. The emphasis is upon evangelism. 
This group is rightfully concerned with individual 
Christianity but wrongly ignores the claim of the 
social order upon the church to produce with her 
individual Christians a better world and a better 
social order. The other group ignores the necessity 


If tomorrow we have missionary doctors, teaciiers, nurses, preachers, it will be 
because today we provided a challenge and funds to make them. 

however successful against Germany the Russian 
Armies may be now, it is to be observed that this 
success waited upon the cleansing from within of a 
regime that once relied upon the executioner. Gory 
revolutions and periodic purges do not produce suc- 
cessful armies. Russia learned that by bitter expe- 
rience and today the whole world is indebted to her 
for recognizing this important fact and changing 
her entire philosophy through that recognition. 

* In a very helpful and penetrating publication en- 

titled "Between the Lines" for July 17, 1944, the 
editor and publisher, Mr. Charles A. Wells, puts the 
same thought in this succinct fashion : "The cannon 
is an honest instrument. It doesn't pretend to be any- 
thing but just what it is. It doesn't claim to be beau- 
tiful, to sing or heal or build or restore. It simply 
says, 'I kill and destroy and defend.' But men are 
"not as honest as the cannons they make. They try 
to use the cannon for other purposes, — to establish 
new ways of life, new orders of society, new fron- 
tiers. But such ends cannot be accomplished on any 
enduring basis by powers of violeince. New ways 
of life, new orders of society must come through the 
processes of mind and heart, — and here the cross 
has supremacy. If men were only honest enough and 
intelligent enough to let go of the cannon when wars 

of transforming the individual and proceeds to pro- 
duce the better social order with unti-ansformed in- 
dividuals. That way we now know does not work. 
Nothing is now so completely discredited as human- 
ism and man's effort to lift himself by his own boot- 
straps. Salvation cannot be achieved by some par- 
ticular theory of social progress. The Malvern Con- 
ference had a pertinent word on this point: "There 
is no structural organization of society which can 
bring about the coming of the Kingdom of God on 
earth, since it is the gift of God, and since all sys- 
tems can be perverted by the selfishness of man." 

Nothing could augur more favorably for the new 
social order we crave than the complete wedding of 
the points of view so long held to be mutually exclu- 
sive. We do want a better world but it is doubtful 
whether we can evei- hope to have it without first 
producing better individuals. That may be the point 
of departure. But to what end better individuals if 
they will not build a better world? Important as con- 
version is, it does not make a genius of a fool. But 
by the same token clever men within the spirit of 
Christ will not produce a worthwhile social order. 
The procedure should be clear "better men should 
produce a better world." This gives expression to the 
law of cause and effect. Good men are not inter- 
( Continued on page 15) 



Five Monthsof Journeying 

Throush Northeast Argentina 

By Emilio Herran 

A brilliant illustra'tirTi of the success of the Word of God when presented in 
iht' .ireas of Argentiiu. Your Board is considering a colporter in exactly 
this fas.bion. 

On the lifth of last October, 1 had the privilege of 
being at a meeting of the local German Colony — 
Valentin Alsina — where Brotlier Andres Cholewa 
gave a review of his labors in the work of the Lord 
during the five months of his last trip. 

It would be well for the readers to take note that 
the said brother is not a missionary, but a modest 
merchant established in the city of Avelleneda, and 
that his health of late has not been very good. There- 
fore, every year, he leaves his business in the hands 
of his sons and dedicates himself willingly to car- 
rying the Word of God to locations and places where 
there are isolated believers or those who have not 
been converted, who, if it were not for this means, 
would never hear of the Lord. Other particulars con- 
cerning Brothei- Andres is that he has command of 
several languages : Czechoslovakian, Polish, Russian, 
and some German, and although his Spanish is not 
perfect, the worshippers await with eagerness his 
visit so that they may have meetings in Spanish, 
since in these missions and other places, the meet- 
ings are only held in the language of that colony. 

Brother Cholewa started telling of the opportu- 
nity he had of testifying on the train. He made the 
mistake of joining in a lively discussion with a mer- 
chant, a stationer, and soldier, and several Jews and 
so antagonized them that they tried to throw him 
off the train. With patience and persuasion, he 
finally managed to calm them. He then related that 
the stationer showed such an interest in the Word 
that, on arriving at Resistencia, he invited him to 
visit liis home so that his family might also hear of 
the Lord. Also the soldier, before leaving the train, 
asked questions that he might have the opportunity 
of going on and learning moi'e of the teachings of 
the Gospel. He accepted pamphlets and gave his ad- 
di'ess so that they could carry on a correspondence. 

He recounted the original manner in which the 
Chaco meetings are conducted. The brethren that 
come from great distances arrive in the morning at 
10 o'clock and have a session lasting until 2, with 
two or. three brothers speaking; afterwards, they 
eat the lunch which each one has brought, and be- 

gin again at 3 and continue until 5, so that they 
may have daylight for the return trip. 

He related that he was taken by several brethren 
to distant villages where they had meetings in Rus- 
sian. During the first weeks after arriving at Chaco, (^ 
his health broke down to such an extent that he 
thought he would have to return to Buenos Aires. 
After spending one entire day in bed, the brethren 
there contrived to get him to an important meeting 
that night, by placing him in a cart to take him to 
the place. The horse started to run and Don Andres 
fell flat on the ground, and, after remaining sense- 
less for a moment, he managed to continue his trip 
to the meeting, which the Lord blessed in a splendid 

Soon he went to Castelli, a place where, not long 
ago, the Indians made an incursion, and there meet- 
ings were held for a week. Many souls gave testi- 
mony and these few believers were comforted. In 
this place, on another trip that he made, someone 
wished to kill him, but this incident served as many 
others, to demonstrate that to him who trust in 
Christ, nothing will be lacking, least of all the pro- 
tection of the Lord. 

While a meeting was held in Czechslovakian, a 
great number of Indians arrived and told Don An- 
dres that he had made a great impression on them, 
and that they would hurt no one, and were very glad 
when he read them portions of the Word. He dis- 
tributed some tracts and pamphlets which were re- 
ceived with as much enthusiasm .as if they had been ^. 
ten dollar bills, and it was a marvelous sight to see 
them as they read the leaflets and told about them 
to others who had heard. 

He told also that on arriving at a place where 
there was a group of German brothers, they invited 
him to a meeting, but when the hour came, such a 
number of worshippers gathered that he was afraid 
to speak, since he did not know German very well, 
but on the insistence of the elders, he entrusted him- 
self to the hands of the Lord, asking the brethren 
to help him if he had any difficulty. They felt hon- 
ored at having a preacher from Buenos Aires. 
Thanks to the Lord, there were only two words that 
he was not able to express well, and the result was 
splendid for the interest and the eagerness of hear- 
ing the Word. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 


One night, in a point called Tres Fletas, Brother 
Cholewa had a dramatic experience. He told that in 
a house of a believer, they held a splendid meeting 
with great enthusiasm. He sang for the young peo- 
ple and the presence of the Lord was felt in his 
message. A brother spoke on "The coming of the 
Lord, as a robber in the night," and he spoke on 
"Who can withdraw us from the love of Christ?" 

At the end of the meeting, he was held up by the 
greetings and conversations (since no one there had 
ever seen a watch), and thus when all had left, it 
was nearly 1 1 o'clock. The mistress of the house was 
preparing something to eat, while the host and Don 
Ft Andres talked with another brother. One of the dogs 
^ which had been tied so that he would not disturb 
the meeting began to bark insistently, but no one 
paid any attention. Suddenly five people armed with 
pistols, rifles, and machetes entered and ordered the 
talkers to line up against the wall, which they all 
did except brother Felipe Lewczuk, who tried to es- 
cape. One of the desperados fired three shots and 
felled him ; another gave him a blow on the head 
with a machete and more blows on his body. After 
asking for all the money in the house, a sum amount- 
ing to $140, and without releasing the victims, they 
jammed a muzzle of a pistol into the back of brother 
Cholewa, and he, feeling it, prayed that God would 
aid them. This had some effect on the chief of the 
bandits because he immediately ordered his men to 
I'etreat after warning his victims that they should 
not attempt to resist them. When the brethren were 
once more masters of the situation, they went to the 
aid of brother Lewczuk, whom they believed dead, 
and prayed to the Lord as they bathed his face. He 
soon returned to consciousness. With the aid of some 
neighbors, they went to town to seaich for a doctoi- 
and the police. The doctor, on his arrival at the 
house, was unable to attend the patient, since he was 
in so grave a condition. He was taken to the First 
Aid Room by ambulance. Thanks to the Lord, in two 
^ weeks, he was completely recovered from the exper 

Later, Don Andres went to Resistencia where 
brother Francisco Franco has meetings. Arriving at 
a good time, he gave four days to Indian worship- 
pers. It was a majestic spectacle to see them thus 
united worshipping the Lord. 

He passed on to a little town called Macalle, and 
took joy irt meeting 200 Indian believers. He took 
the privilege of going on to Corrientes and attending 
a fiesta of the Sunday School of brother Francisco 
Franco. It was remarkable to see the interest of the 
children in participating and of the older people in 

On the road to Puerto Bemberg, he had the op- 
portunity of conversing with thirty teachers and 


While newspapers have headlined the return of American 
missionaries from war-enveloped countries, there has been a 
steady stream of outgoing missionaries. During the past 
year missionaries went to Africa, China, India, and to the 
Near East; large numbers also went to South American 
countries. — World Outlook. 

Anthony Eden timely remarked recently, "If there is one 
lesson we should have, learned from the distresses of the past 
years, it is surely this: that we cannot shut our windows and 
draw our curtains, and be careless of what is happening next 
door or on the other side of the street." 

professors, who presented many ai-guments, but 
many came at last to see that the Gospel is some- 
thing good and sensible. 

On the same boat, traveled a gentleman, who was 
said to be a free thinker, and- with all his might he 
wanted to throw the Bible of Don Andres into the 
river, but at the end of a long talk, he confessed 
that he had a Bible in his home but that his reading 
caused him much danger. Don Andres tried to teach 
him the good road and to give him the. chance of 
finding the peace of Christ, which he thinks this 
good man will continue learning. 

Also, he met a simple brother that was travelling 
on the same vessel who bore good witness in the con- 
versations of the third class deck, crying always, "I 
am of Christ." 

In Colonia Banda and Puerto Bemberg, many good 
meetings were held for believers. Then he made the 
trip to El Dorado where he arrived at 2 o'clock in 
the midst of rain and cold whei'e no one was expect- 
ing him and at an hour when he could obtain no 
car or cart. At length he discovered an old taxi and 
asked the driver to take him to the house of Don 
Rodolfo Pohler, and was treated with great cour- 
tesy. The distance about two leagues. In spite 
of arriving at such an inopportune hour, he was re- 
ceived with great happiness. There meetings were 
held with great enthusiasm. A young believer whom 
he met on the road came to talk with Don Andres, 
desiring to reform and consecrate himself to the 

He had some difficulties in the journey through 
some parts. On the return trip, he had the great 
pleasure of meeting again bi'other Franco in Monte 

He maintained that he did not wish to say that 
during his trip there were many conversions and 
manifestations, but that this he left in the hands 
of the Lord, and that all the brethren in the interior 
sent to the assemblies of Buenos Aires many greet- 
ings and ask for prayer in their behalf. 







rgent I na 

December 4, 1944 

Our very worthy brother: 

Praise the Beloved Lord that at present you find yourself 
in good health in the company of your beloved family. 

We are remaining well through the will of the Lord. The 
one who is not very good is I; since I am in the hands of 
the doctor and have been for some twenty days now, but, 
thanks to God, I am getting better. The 26th of November, 
we baptized two brethren more. They are Mr. and Mrs. 
Hejda. There are three more that think they will take the 
same step in a short time, God willing. We are very happy 
now since a new bridegroom attends. The brother of this 
husband was a priest, but he left the habits some time ago; 
and now is in sympathy with evangelism. Ha attends a 
church in the city of San Martin. He is the one who advised 
this man and his wife to accept our teachings. If we are well 
content when we see the presence of new persons that at- 
tend the services and show interest, we have to lament for 
the other part — the loss of others who change from town to 
life in another town. There are two other families of worship- 
pers who are selling their houses in order to go to live in 
another district of the city. At the end of two years, more 
or less, the congregation lost five families (for this reason) 
that together represented 18 people of which 10 attended 
regularly at our church. They are of the following families: 
F. Schaffer, R. Liotta, M. Slipji, A. Mura and J. Pilliot. 
With these that are going now, there is a total of 7 fam- 
ilies (M. Vernice and J. Terminiello) with a total of 16 per- 
sons lost from the attendance. This results in this district, 
as in some others, the living expenses are raised and the 
people are given less than they pay out, so they prefer to 
live in less expensive districts. For others, they work in the 
center of the city and thus have to live close to it. 

Many of the brothers here remember in their prayers you 
and your family and ask us if we have received your letter. 
We are sorry that we always have to say that we have had 
none of your news yet, and that we desire it very quickly. 
We remember you with Christian affection and friendliness 
and we are grateful to God that he has permitted you to 
visit the work of the brothers in Argentina. 

We always remember in our prayers with much gratitude 
all the Brethren in North America that favor us in the work 
here and we ask God to heap blessings upon you all, and 
hope that he will answer our ■ prayers for the growth here 
and in the winning of souls, assured that they will not be 
lost through our neglect. For this we consecrate ourselves 
to Him. We are in his hands to- do his will. 

I do not wish to end this humble letter without sending our 
greetings to your fine family, the same to Brother Yoder if 
you will see to that, and we assure you, brother, that we 
always remember you in our prayers. 

Without further motive than to greet you, your servant 
and sister in Christ, 

Josefa Maria de Anton. 

December 15, 1944 
Dear Brother: 

With the apostle Peter we are able to repeat: "There is 
no other name under heaven," etc. The Church has supreme 
motives in rejoicing that He was born in a manger, and that 
afterwards He was crucified for all of us. All Christians in 
all places have reason to sing with joy "Glory to God in the 
highest, and on earth peace, good will to men." 

Moved by gratitude and the debt we owe, the Church and 
each Christian in particular, ought to proclaim the glory 
of Jesus and His loving message of redemption. 

Today the angel of death has extended his flaming sword 
in a war more terrible than ever known, and while the most 
terrible calamities are felt on earth, there exists the need 
to enflame the hearts with the call of the faith, the passionate 
salvation of souls and the most high devotion to the divine /" 
Savior. ^- 

Eac'h Christian in the sanctuary of his soul ought to have, 
like the three kings, an offering to present to the Lord and 
Master. We do not deny it, neither do we acclaim His glor- 
ious majesty with a fervent profession of sincerity and love. 

My wife, Magdalena, Esteban, and I unite in wishing you 
pleasant Holidays and a happy New Year with the best 
blessings of heaven. 

Your brother, 

Jose Anton 

Rosario, Dec. 8, 1944 
Dear Brother Klingensmith : 

Pablo Espinosa and family, salute modestly and with great 
appreciation of friendship your brother in Christ, Mr. Ray 
Klingensmith and family, desiring with all sincerity and 
from the bottom of my heart that he is in good health in the 
company of his loved ones, heaped with the most rich bless- 
ings of our heavenly Father, Who from on high sends down 
to all Christians His good will. 

I am remaining by the mercy of God well in health and 
firm in Him who is the holy head of the church, that is to 
say, Christ. 

Worthy Brother: With highest joy, I write to you this 
letter in order to feel more closely the ties of Brotherhood 
that are given us in the Lord. Oh, brother, it seems as though 
it were yesterday that you spent your brief stay among ns. - 
Still your visit to the brothers in Argentina lasts and will 
last in our minds. In this visit, we have felt, as we told you, 
brother, with sincerity, now there is a closer feeling, unani- 
mous in all our hearts that there are no lapses of the love 0^. 
in which we are comrades in Christ with the Brethren of ^^ 
the United States of North America. 

How rapidly went those days that you had here, brother. 
How great a distance now separates us. But it is beautiful 
to think, "Far in body, but close in spirit." Never can I for- 
get your words of cheer; your messages so inspired as to 
meet the need of each one of the souls. Even yet your last 
message to the precious jewels raises high your hand in 
testimony of recognizing Christ as your only and sufficient 

It would be very long to enumerate the experiences that 
one learns in the course of the Christian life, although this 
life is nothing more than one long experience. One struggles 
from the times he appears until he sinks to repose. Is it not 
so, brother ? 

We had some days ago your news, in which all the brothers 
here had enjoyed remembering you mutually. All the broth- 
ers here remember you very well, and hope to see you very 
soon again, God willing. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 


// our Easter Offering is $10,000 greater than ktst year tve will 

1. Build a beautiful church in Rosario and unite 4 congregations. 

2. Purchase a lot in Cordoba and work towards a building. 

3. Start three new mission points in Argentina. 

4. Supply our workers there with the means to really accomplish great things. THIS IS OUR 
YEAR if we want it in Foreign Missions. 

If we refuse this let us never again ask God for a program of Foreign Missions. 

Of the things here, I am not the one, Brother Klingensmith, 
who ought to give you the information, but our good brother, 
Pastor Zeche, will do it. But if I may tell you, since I am 
not able to silence my heart, the church here is moving 
in a grand manner, in a new fervor in Christ; in the desire 
of spreading the message of the Gospel everywhere. Some 
day we may be able to say with the Apostle Paul, "Brethren, 
I count not myself perfect, but this one thing I do, for- 
getting those things which are behind, and reaching forth 
unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of God in Chi-ist Jesus." 
Philippians 3:13, 14. 

The paper is coming to an end, brother, but before that 
occurs, receive my most sincere greetings and many happy 
greetings in the Lord; from the Brethren here, to all the 
Brethren there in the United States. To Brother Yoder, Bru- 
baker and you receive from me, with all my heart the most 
sincere benedictions and greetings of friendship of your al- 
ways young brother in Christ. Yours, 

Pablo F. Espinosa. 

Rosario, Argentina, 
December 4, 1944 
Very beloved brother in Jesus Christ: 

In the first place, many thanks for your friendly letter of 
November 15th. It arrived in my hands on the 30th. How 
pleased we have been to have news of you and to know that 
you arrived safely in North America, and found your whole 
family well. God bless you abundantly and guard you in his 
divine love. Counting this, I have already written three let- 
ters to you, and I hope you receive them as I received your 
letter finally. 

Your letters fill us with happiness and much love to you, 
and to all the beloved brothers of the Brethren Church in the 
United States. Your goodness and your e.xpressions of love 
for us have remained buried in our hearts, and all the Breth- 
ren remember you with much love. Many thanks to you and 
to the beloved brothers of the Mission Board for their ap- 
probation of my humble person as superintendent. Thanks 
to the Lord, in the first place, and many thanks to all of 
you also. May God lead me and guide me and give me suffi- 
cient wisdom to do all things with God-given vision and God- 
given courage to guide honestly our dear Brethren Church 
in the Argentine, South America. May God do so, is our 
prayer. As always, now also I pledge myself to you sincerely 
and modestly to do all that you order me and indicate you 
want me to do for the common obedience and intimate spir- 
itual communion among us all. Many thanks for the confi- 
dence and comradeship in Christ that you have in me. 

Our plans for the future of the work of the Brethren 
Church in Argentina is great. We wish to enlarge our work 
and to have many more stations or churches in which to work. 
Many cities or towns we wish to draw into our program of 
evangelization. Some evangelists that visit constantly town 
by town and city by city have given us a list of cities that 

have no evangelical work there. We hope, God willing, to 
go to those cities in order to visit them and see if it is con- 
venient to carry the Tent there, and soon commejice the 
work without being interrupted by another church or de- 
nomination. We know that this will demand some expenses 
for travelling and hotels, but I have the confidence that God 
will provide in his own time that which we need. Is it not 
true ? 

I think that I can soon have a meeting of the pastors and 
then in this meeting, with all of the pastors together, to make 
necessary plans for this; that is to say, for the power to 
go to those other towns and work there. Possibly I should 
change the pastors from one place to another as necessity 
demands and place hand to the work before it is too late. 
Is that not right? 

We have much joy because until the present time, God has 
been blessing us abundantly in Christ Jesus and we have 
been finding and opening more doors in Rosario, and we have 
seen precious results in many opportunities as God has 
blessed us and prospered us in a great manner. 

Actually, with the new annex, we have four places that 
are open here, including Villa Constitucion, because Miss 
Louisa was at Cordoba this summer. Since the pastors in 
Cordoba had the Tent last, they wish to begin immediately 
following the Vacation Bible School. Already the boys and 
girls of the daily schools have finished classes this summer 
and it is reasonable that Miss Louisa will be following there 
to attend and to work among the children. She is very apt 
for this beautiful work. May God abundantly bless the boys 
and girls of the Vacation Bible School that all may be well 
with them, and for a good future in the work in Cordoba. 

Meanwhile, here in Rosario, we are preparing the Christ- 
mas program and that of the New Year, and arranging the 
preparations for the celebrations of Christmas for the chil- 
dren of our Sunday school. Thus we continue making work 
plans for the summer, in order to unite the forces of the 
youth of the church, and using the same program of work 
and spiritual preparation in the annexes. 

Our new annex in Barrio de Saladillo, which I have men- 
tioned to you already in my earlier letter, is a beautiful field 
of labor for the Work of the Lord in Rosario, and all the 
people of our church have great enthusiasm for collabora- 
tion and cooperation, working actively in the different needs 
and aspects that the work of an annex requires. This new 
district where we are working now is very lovely and pleas- 
ant in its buildings and its view. It has beautiful gardens, 
pretty houses, and streets shaded with trees. You have taken 
some pictures with your moving picture camera, and have 
them in their views. 

Believe me, this new opportunity is a marvel of the provi- 
dence of God, in the opening of this new field. Certainly it 
is in this place that you were so pleased with our pretty 
scenery. Thanks be to God. 

Well, receive much love and affection from all here. 

Adolfo Zeche. 





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Topic for February 2.5, 1945 


Scripture: Nehemiah 2:1-8 

For The Leader 

The laws of a land are made by the people. True, they are 
made by the men and women who hold office. But the peo- 
ple of this land elect those they want to rule them. There 
are sufficient adult people in this country that if they desire 
to see the land ruled in righteous ways, could go to the polls 
and bring it to pass. 

More than that, through their conversation, letter writing, 
and prayer, Christians can bring great power to bear upon 
our law makers. If we live right, and endeavor to walk as 
we should, we shall have influence when it is needed. To- 
night we are interested in a man by the name of Nehemiah. 
This man, by his life, was able to influence a heathen king 
to permit the rebuilding of the Holy city of Jerusalem. Do 
our lives influence our law makers? 


hemiah was a captive Jew, living in Persia in the court of 
Artaxerxes, the king. He had won sufficient favor by the 
true life he had lived, to be appointed cup bearer for the 
king. This was a very trusted position, for a person in this 
position had complete charge of the wine the king drank. 
If he were an enemy, he could easily poison the king. So the 
cupbearer was a very trusted friend of the king. A group 
of Jews from Jerusalem, 1000 miles away, called on Nehe- 
}niah and told him of the ruined condition of that city. It 
made Nehemiali sad, and the king noticed it. So the king, 
wheji he had heard the plight of Jerusalem, appointed Ne- 
hemiah the governor of Jerusalem. The king then gave him 
permission to go and rebuild the walls of the city. Nehemiah 
not only went to Jerusalean, but was commanded by the king 
to rebuild the walls of that city. What a wonderful influence 
Nehemiah had on the king. 

ing as a captive from Jerusalem, Nehemiah had to live a 
pretty good life to ever get to the high and trusted position 
of the king's cup bearer. How many of our enemies would 
we permit to fix our drink for us? It would be an easy way 
for them to get rid of us. Yet this man, by his life, lived 
under God, was able to rise to this high place in the king's 

More than that, howe\-er, Nehemiah was a great man of 
prayer. Read the book of Nehemiah and note the number of 
times he prays to God. The fourth verse of the second chap- 
ter of the book shows the great faith of this man. When 
the king asked him what troubled him, he first prayed unto 
the God of- heaven. At once the road was paved to victory. 
For no sooner had he prayed and spoken, than the king was 
pleased with his words. Nehemiah succeeded because he 
prayed unto the God of heaven. 

people everywhere are decrying the evil and corrupt condi- 

tions so widespread in our land today. Through drink, poor 
parents, and evil invitations, a large part of our youth is 
fast on the road to ruin. (Those who do not believe this 
statement, or who do not want to believe it, are living like 
ostriches with their heads stuck in the ground. The facts 
from our crime files, etc., are too convicting to contradict 
the statement.) 

There is no use crying over spilt milk, but if our churches 
and Christian parents had been about their business of exer- 
cising the kind of control over young people as they should, 
we would not have what we do now. Youth today is just what 
their parents have permitted them to be. The evils do not 
have to continue. United Christian people can change the 
laws of the land whenever they so desire. Nehemiah saw the 
ruins of Jerusalem and did something about it. So can we. 

we can be grateful for the Christian young people of our ■ 
nation. Those with high ideals and lives as becometh the 
youth of any age. If churches and pastors and Sunday School 
teachers will instruct youth in the right ways to live as good 
citizens of this land, it will not be long until the youth of 
today will be doing their part as voters. It looked like an 
endless task, really impossible, for a poor Jew, just one, to 

go before a great king of Persia and ask what Nehemiah 
did. But the walls were rebuilt, and the people returned to 
worshipping God. We young people are more than one. If 
we will rely on the secret of Nehemiah, which was prayer, 
we, can do much to help our country in its attitude toward 

5. IN OUR LOCAL CHURCHES. Every church should have 
a committee composed of representatives of various organi- 
zations within the church, and of all age groups. It should 
be the duty of this committee to keep informed on the various 
public affairs. This committee will do its test to keep people 
informed on when and to whom to write so that they can do 
the most good in influencing the legislation of the land. This 
committee will keep the church members informed on local 
elections. A Church which is thus awake can help to influence 
the choice of men who run for office. When good law makers 
are in office, good laws will result. Also, in our prayer meet- 
ings, we can remember the law makers and leaders of our 
country. God is more powerful than any man. so let's pray 
for His power upon the leaders of our nation. We can conduct 
sessions on good citizenship in our young people's organiza- 
tions, and adult groups. Too much has not been done in the 
past. Too much cannot be done in the future. 

fi. OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. We have the direct re- #-^ 
sponsibility of being good citizens ourselves. We must be law ^ 
abiding if we wish to have control ovea- the law makers of 
our land. Mr. Nehemiah was able to have influence with King 
Artaxerxes because he himself was an upright, law abiding 
resident of Persia. Our country is ours by the. grace of God. 
Under its flag we enjoy privileges which we confess, are 
God-given. As its citizens, we are to honor God, and abide 
by the laws of the land. Then we are to put our influence 
where it will do the most good to make our country a more 
Christian place in which to live. 


1. What is the best weapon we have against corrupt law 
makers? I Chronicles 16:11. 

2. Can young women have any influence with law makers? 
Esther 8:7, 8. 

3. What attitude should we take toward wickedness among 
rulers? Prov. 16:12. 

4. What is the best way to live that we might have this 
influence over our law makers ? Dan. 3.28-30. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1945 




Prayer Meet'mg Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 
tQ K > i& 


1. Forget all about it until the hour arrives. 

2. Come ten minutes late and sit near the door. 

3. Work so hard during the day that you are so tired when 
night comes you cannot keep awake. 

4. Do not take part in the pinging. But if you make a mis- 
take and sing, be sure to drag. Slow, painfully slow sing- 
ing is very appropriate to a dead prayer meeting. 

5. When the meeting has begun wait for others to speak and 
pray. Spend your time in planning your next day's work. 

6. Be sure to bewail the low spiritual condition of the church. 

7. When the meeting closes go out as from a funeral. You 
can speak with your brethren or the stranger at some 
other time or place. 

8. If you meaition the meeting during the week, tell how dull 
it was. 

9. If the above rules do not produce the desired result, try 
staying away entirely. A sure way to kill the church is to 
kill the prayer meeting. — Selected. 


I John 3:5 

In veo-se 3 we learned that every one with the Christian 
hope would purify himself "as Christ the Lord is pure." How 
black does a sinful, selfish life appear by the side of the 
life of Christ! 

I. Christ's Mission Was the Abolition of Sin. "He was 
manifested to take away sins ... To this end was the Son 
of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the 
devil." His entire mission was opposed to sin. "He became 
incarnate. He preached and prayed. He wrestled with temp- 
tation, and wrought mighty and gracious works, He suffered 
and died (Heb. 9:26), He arose from the dead, and He ever 
lives to take away sins." 1 Tim. 1:15. But the text of this 
meeting goes beyond the taking of our sins upon Him as 
our Substitute, and the procuring of forgiveness for us. He 
was manifested to take away sins out of our life. Sins are 
incompatible, with God's thought for us, His children. Christ 
would not only save us from sin, but also from sinning. To 
clutch at our sins as though we cannot part with them is to 
refuse to carry out the Divine intention for us and put self 
before God. Sin is opposed to the glorious Gospel of Christ. 
Rom. 6:16; John 1:29; John 12:31; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14, 15. 

II. "In Him Is No Sin." The Son of God was absolutely 
separated from sin. And so should the children of God be 
separated from sin. For one to lead a sinful life is to be in 
constant opposition to the Person, will, and work of the Son 
of God. Christ was filled every moment with the spirit of 
obedience and love to God. His will was surrendered uncon- 
ditionally unto God. His communion with God was uninter- 
rupted. There was no distraction caused by sin in either His 
inner or outer life. He willed and executed every appoint- 
ment of the Father. 

Christ asserted His own sinlessness (John 8:46 John 14:9; 
John 14:30). His enemies watched in vain to trap him. To 
their false charges the Roman Judge protested His inno- 
cence (Luke 23:14; Matt. 27:.34). The innocence of Christ 
haunted Pilate's wife even in sleep (Matt. 27:19). Judas the 
Traitor cried, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed inno- 
cent blood." The Roman Centurion who oversaw the crucifix- 
ion said with reverence, "Truly this was a righteous Man, 
this was the Son of God." Read the testimony of others: 
The penitent thief (Luke 23:41); John the Baptist (Matt. 
3:14); Peter (Luke 5:8). 

"The sinlessness of our Lord should check every inclina- 
tion to sin in His disciples, and stimulate them to the pur- 
suit of holiness." We are not to sin, for did He not loathe 
sin and reject it in evei-y form? We are not to feel the 
charm of sin and be insensible to the beauties of holiness. 
Let us put our sins away from us (1 Pet. 3:11; 1 Cor. 15:34). 


Victory and peace some day will crown the sacrifices of 
those who fight for freedom. When that day comes the peo- 
ples of the British Commonwealth and the people of the 
United States will be found at each other's side united more 
closely than ever, but they will be a part of a larger company. 
In that company all the nations now united in the defense of 
freedom will remain united in the service of mankind. — Prime 
Minister McKenzie King of Canada. 


(Continued from page 9) 

esting or important merely to look at. Good men 
must be good for something, and now the best thing 
to be good for is the cause for which our boys are 
dying on the held of battle — the better world they 
want for themselves, their loved ones and for the 
entire world. If only they, we, and the whole world 
could understand that this is a cooperative and a 
continuous task that challenges all of us, they would 
not need to make their sacrifice in vain, neither 
Mould they or their children need to do it over again 
in another generation. 

Of course the gospel has social implications. A 
man can neither live nor die to himself. The Lord's 
Prayer recognizes that fact by invoking God "Our 
Father," and the father is the head of the entire 
family. When we ask for the new social order we 
ask for a decent home for the family of God to live 
in for the duration of our temporal abode here. Who- 
ever cannot enthuse about that is an ascetic to say 
the least. To be consistent, he would cease to pray 
the Lord's Prayer. No, to be utterly consistent he 
would not fight; he would not eat; he would stop 

Grant us, God, the courage and the faith to under- 
take the building of a new world under Thy guid- 
ance and direction and not only with the instru- 
ments of destruction but rather with the spirit of 
Jesus Christ, our Leader. 




EVERY saved man who honestly believes in his salvation yearns for other men 
to liiave Jesus Christ as liis personal Saviour. For this cause men enter the 
ministry, mission fields, gospel halls, etc. 

Could if be that MY CHURCH forgot this great passion? Could it be that I 
have forgotten, it! Am I still a yielded Christian. Do I yet know the Lord? Does His 
Spirit lead me — yet to no lost souls or even stupendous efforts to win them? And 
am I still pretending to be His servant, His layman. His minister. His teacher? But 
Am I? "Not those who SAY, 'Lord,' but he that DOETH the will of my Father 
which is in heaven." And "it is not his will that any should perish." 

We were crusading to win 2,000. That means my church should have at least 20. 
Did we? If not why? Did we honestly try? Did we pray, and call and call and 
again and again attempt it, with workers to help us with whom we had pleaded 
to go? Or did we just think about it, and worry a bit, and promise ourselves we 
would? Yet, we are a part of Jesus Christ's church. We are a part of the Christ 
who died to save tjie lost of Ametica, as well as Argentina, Africa, etc. The church 
lives to save men and women for Christ. That is its first business, always. 

But if we must admit that we failed because we did not burn with enough 
passion or concern to do it (while cults all about us do) may we not fail in Jesus' 
next great objective for His church^ — MISSIONS. Brother Zeche will not fail to win 
them. Brother Anton will not fail to win them. Brother Iztueta will go out with 
the evangelistic passion and succeed. He will not fail. Brother Andenmatten will 
not fail. Brothel Varela will not fail. Louisa Kugler will not fail. May we then, 
if we did not do our ALL — our SUPREME — for Jesus Christ, do His next best this 
Easter? We must build new churches in foreign lands, and we CAN if we have the 
funds — thSs very year. We MUST train youth there to preach to wide open hearts. 
We MUST supply their needs. We surely will not fail our God in THIS. Three 
new pfreachptng missions in Argentina are to be started this year. 

THE LOST TO HIM written as failure, until you can hon- 
estly say to HIM that you did your best in trying. He'll 
help you yet. He is interested in this. 

Volume LXVII, Number 8, February 24, 1945 



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Nappanee Church Destroyed by Fire 2 

The Editor Thinks Aloud— F. C. V .3 

Interesting Items .3 

The Business Manager's Corner — G. S. B 3 

Religion in the Schools — Erik W. Modean 4 

Translating and Distributing the Bible 5 

Fishers of Men— VI— Dr. C. F. Yoder 6 

The Right to Make Mistakes— Part II— 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 7 

Teaching Christian Living — (Continued) — 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 9 

"Every Member an Active Member" — Rev. J. G. Dodds... 10 

Our Children's Story — Aunt Margo 11 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 11 

Prayer Meeting Topic — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 12 

Boys' Brotherhood Program for March 12 

Why Not Organize a Boys' Brotherhood ? 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 4, 1945 — W. S. B. . . 14 
News From Our Churches 15 

Nappanee Indiana Church 
Destroyed by Fire 

A major catastrophe overtook the Nappanee, In- 
diana, Brethren Church on Monday morning, Feb- 
ruary 12, when the structure was razed completely 
by a fire of unknown origin. When the fire was dis- 
covered it had made such headway that nothing could 
be saved of either building or contents. The loss was 
only partially covered by insurance. 

The congregation was in the midst of a very fine 
revival service which was beipg conducted by Broth- 
er Claud Studebaker. It was indeed fortunate that 
the blaze did not start while the meeting was in ses- 
sion, for packed houses had been repoi-ted. The re- 
vival was continued without interruption, the meej;- 
ings being held in the United Brethren Church for 
the balance of the period. Sunday services are being 
conducted in the Nappanee Community building. 

Among the things lost were five pianos, one of 
which was a fine baby grand which was purchased 
and dedicated just before Christmas. All the silver- 
ware and the communion service was also lost. 

It seems to the editor that now would be a pretty 
good time for the churches of the Brotherhood to 
show a great deal of brotherly interest in a very 
material manner. We are sure that others have 
thought of this as they have read these lines. No 
plea has come from the stricken church, but such 
gestures of brotherly sympathy and love should be 
found in our hearts without the asking. 

We understand that steps are being taken to re- 
build as soon as humanly possible. May the Lord's 
richest blessing be upon the pastor and people in 
the meantime. 

F. C. V. 


A Care-taker for the Hotel at Shipshewana Breth- 
ren Retreat, Shipshewana Lake, Indiana. If you would 
desire such a position for the coming season or know 
of someone who would, please get in touch with any 
of the following: 

Mrs. U. J. Shively, 
Nappanee, Indiana 

Mr. Charles Colip, 
112 W. Wayne Street, 
South Bend, Indiana 

Mr. Clarence Cripe, 
R. R. 1, 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


The Editor thinks aloud in just one short pointed paragraph 
this week. 

This observation is brought on by a phrase that fell upon 
his ear as he passed two persons .on the street. Here it is: 
f^'But, at least, that's none of my business." He does not know 
what they were, talking about, but it is a phrase so often 
repeated that it leads to deep thinking. There are so many 
things that we consider "none of our business" that really 
do concern our own individual lives. For instance is it really 
"none of our" how those around us meet the prob- 
lems of life? how they attend to the busine,ss of life? how 
they relate themselves to Christ and His church ? It is the 
age-long question, so long ago propounded by Cain, "Am I 
my brother's keeper?" Even if we do not think so, far too 
many times we act like it! These things are "our business" 
for they do concern us. Think it over! 


ren Briefs," a newsy little four-page paper, edited by the, 
pastor. Brother Virgil B. Meyer, is in our hands. It is full 
of real church news. It is a revival of a paper once before 
publisherd by the Waterloo Church. It is financed by volun- 
tary contributions. 

We learn from their regular weekly bulletin that the Lay- 
men held a meeting for the purpose of organizing a Lay- 
men's Association. This was held the first week in February. 
We trust we will be able to present a full account of this 

'Vhat committees have again been appointed covering the Na- 
tional Goals program. This is about the only way this can 
be properly worked in the churches. For what is everybody's 
business, is usually nobody's business. Has your church done 
likewise ? 

learn that Brother S. M. Whetstone has received and accepted 
a call for another year of service as pastor of the Berlin 

town, Pa.) "Crusader," their weekly bulletin, that the pastor. 
Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman, has been chosen dean of the 
Union Vacation Bible School in the Morrellville area. Brother 
Zimmerman will have a series of articles on D. V. B. S. on 
the Sunday School page of The Evangelist in the near future. 

Congratulations go out to Brother and Sister Vernon D. 
Grisso of Dayton,, Ohio, on the arrival if little Miss Kath- 
leen Sue, weight 6Vz pounds. Miss Kathleen arrived at 1:30 
Thursday morning, February 15th. 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Did You Meet Your Goal? 

We have not checked on the, churches to see how many have 
reached their goal in the Publication Day offering, for a 
number of them have not yet sent in their offering. Perhaps 
they are waiting to get the latercoming gifts from their mem- 
bers, in the hope of reaching their goal. We appreciate the 
effort of the part of the leadership of our churches to meet 
the, requirements of this and every other department of the 
Lord's work. The goal for each church's Publication Day 
Offering was an average of $1.00 per member, or where they 
have been going over that, an increase over last year's of- 
fering. From this you can figure for yourself whether you 
have met this goal. 

Heading the List, 
of givers to date is Smithville, Ohio, where Brother J. G. 
Dodds is pastor. They have sent in $355.00. They also gave 
the banner offering last year. The. business manager had 
the privilege of yisiting this congregation recently and shar- 
ing Brother Dodds' pulpit. We found there a most appre- 
ciative and loyal group. 

Next t|0 the Top 
is Ashland, Ohio, church, where Brother L. V. King is pas- 
tor. He urges his people to meet every financial goal in the 
calendar, and they have been doing that. Their offering to 
date stands at $259.00. This church held second place last 
year in its Publication Day offering, and made a magnificent 
gift to the apartment and press funds. 
Third Largest Gift 
to date comes from Nappanee, Indiana. In spite of their 
great calamity of the complete destruction of their church 
building by fire, they sent us an offering of $241.00. We sin- 
cerely appreciate such loyalty. Brother J. M. Bowman is 
the faithful pastor of this church. 

Many Other Gifts 

have been received, but we cannot report them now, but 

later. In the meantime, let all the churches that have not 

yet reported their gifts, do so as soon as possible. 

More "Gil Dodds" Books on Hand 

We have received a second shipment of this story of devo- 
tion, and we suggest placing it in the hands of the young 
people of your church. It sells at $1.25 each, but we offer 
two or more postpaid at 107c below the regular price. Seven 
copies went to one pastor. 

Mimeograph Supplies 
for all makes of machines and a good grade of mimeograph 
paper. All supplies to pastors and churches at 107r> discount 
and postpaid. If by any chance you have bought such sup- 
plies and have been charged with postage, please drop us 
a card stating amount, and we will return it. We can print 
your church calendars in quantity at competing prices. Write 
us for information. 

Some Bibles and Testaments 
still on hand. We recommend the Christian Worker's Bible 
and Testament. A handy pocket size Testament for $2.00. 
Bibles from $4.00 to $10.00. 

We Will Tell About 
1007r Churches next week. Send your subscription now. Join 
the 1007c Club, if possible. 



l^eligion In Tlie Schools 

By Erik W. Modean 
(Reprinted by permission from READ Magazine) 

court decisions and the sanction of state and local 
school authorities. 

Even in some of the five remaining states, Wash- 
ington, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersef 

Something new has been added to the "Readin', 
'Ritin', and 'Rithmetic" curriculum of America's 
public schools. It is a fourth "R" for Religion. 

More than 1,500,000 children from elementary 
and high schools are enrolled in thousands of week- 
day religious education classes. These are conducted 
by Protestants, Roman Catholics and Jews through 
the "released time" movement launched over thirty 
years ago, and now established as an integral ac- 
tivity of our churches. 

Briefly, "released time" is a plan by which boys 
and girls are excused from public school for one or 
two hours each week, at the request of their parents, 
to attend religious instruction at the church or syn- 
agogue of their parents' choice. 

After scattered experiments in the 1850's and 
1890's, the practice was instituted for the first time 
at Gaiy, Indiana, in 1913. Believing children should 
have more opportunity for religion, music and other 
interests. School Superintendent William Wirt asked 
for dismissal of pupils for any type of extra school 
work which their parents desired. Church people 
were quick to take advantage of the plan. 

Since then, there has been a slow, uphill struggle 
to place the "released time" educational program on 
a firm footing. Today, Dr. Edwin L. Shaver, director 
of weekday religious education for the International 
Council of Religious Education, believes it is here 
to stay. He reports "a rapidly and widely spread in- 
terest, reaching into every nook and corner of the 
United States and Canada." 

There is a strong factual basis for his optimism, 
too. Ten states have passed enabling acts to permit 
"released time" classes. Thirty-three others allow 
them on the basis of rulings by attorney-generals. 

and South Carolina, weekday religious education is 
conducted, although not on "released time." 

Toledo, Ohio, one of the first communities to adopt 
released time, has 4,000 pupils enrolled from the 
fourth, fifth and sixth grades. At Kansas City, Kan- 
sas, 10,000 children receive religious instruction at 
72 centers. 

Two hundred communities in New York State 
reported an enrollment of 300,000 boys and girls 
last year, of which 108,000 were in New York City, 
and 73,000 in Buffalo. While the large majority of 
classes in most places are Protestant, 68 per cent 
of New York City's enrollment was Roman Catholic. 
In Albany, 70 per cent of the parishes in the Cath- 
olic Diocese participated. 

Other states where the "released time" program 
has made substantial headway include Virginia, 
North Carolina, Minnesota, Maine, Texas, Pennsyl- 
vania, Missouri, Illinois, West Virginia, California 
and Indiana. Its influence has also extended to Hon- 
olulu, where 5,000 children are enrolled. 

"As significant as the growing statistics isithe fact 
that the program is lifting the teaching of religion 
to a much higher level," declares Dr. Shaver. "Scores 
of cities and towns are asking for full-time, profes- 
sionally trained and experienced teachers. ^ 

"Most of the communities now considering the 
plan for the first time are committed to a long-time, 
careful study of all that is involved before launch- 
ing a program. This shows that our church organiza- 
tions realize the plan does not offer 'something for 
nothing,' but that a real price must be paid if we are 
to have both more and better religious education. 
There is a determination to put religious educmtion 
on a level with the child's general education." 

Inevitably, of course, "released time" has raised 
the question of separation of Church and State. Pro- 
ponents of the plan insist that the traditional prin- 
ciple remains inviolate by requiring such education 
to be given outside the public school buildings and 
by non-public school teachers who are of the same 
faith as the children. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 


Other arguments advanced by church leaders in- 
clude : 

Times like these demand more and better religious ed- 
ucation for children and youth. 

The short session of the Sunday Church School does 
not give ejiough time. 

Religion must be identified in the child's mind with 
weekday, as well as Sunday, life. 

To give every child a truly complete "education for 
life," which society owes him, he needs education in re- 
ligion, as weJl as in other subjects of his weekday pro- 

The church has a right to a fair proportion of the 
child's weekday time. 
fy. Weekday Church Schools enroll large numbers of chil- 
- ' dren not reached by any other agency of religious educa- 

In addition, the program is regarded as an im- 
poi'tant deterrent to Juvenile delinquency, and an 
imperative in checking the sharp decline in Sunday 
School enrollment and attendance that all but a few 
Protestant denominations have reported during the 
past decade. 

One of the main factors in the movement's wide- 
spread acceptance has been the cooperation of the 
three major faiths. Almost without exception, inter- 
faith committees of Protestants, Catholics and Jews 
have promoted the project in the hundreds of towns 
and cities throughout the country where "released 
time" is now in effect. 

"The attitude of practically all religious groups 
to the new program of religious education is decid- 
edly favorable," says Dr. Shaver. "Roman Catholics 
are practically 100 per cent for it. Some Jewish 
groups have opposed it. Some will not make use of 
the plan, but are willing that it shall be adopted in 
their communities. Others are heartily cooperating. 

"A few Protestant groups are interested in a type 

of program which allows them to teach their own 
children. The vast Pi'otestant majority, however, are 
willing to pool their resources in a cooperative com- 
munity program with a common curriculum and 
teaching staff." 

Jewish opposition is not based on indifference to 
I'eligious education. On the contrary, it is felt that 
the program is inadequate for Jewish education. 
Also, that it will lead to a violation of the principle 
of separation of Church and State, and that it makes 
public distinction between those who want religious 
education and those who do not. 

For that last reason, Jewish leaders favor the 
"dismissed time" plan, by which public schools would 
dismiss all students one afternoon during the week, 
for whatever their parents wished them to do. Such 
a plan, they feel, would not discriminate between 
those who would devote the period to religious in- 
struction and those who would not. 

Parents not interested in religion could use the 
period for music or some other activity, or leave the 
children free for recreation. However, in most cases 
Jews cooperate on an interfaith basis wherever the 
plan has become law or public policy. 

This year's enrollment in weekday classes is the 
highest in the history of the movement. But there is 
plenty of room for improvement and expansion. 
Some 32,000,000 youngsters attend public schools in 
America, and about half of these have no religious 
co7itacts whatsoever. 

A school board member in Iowa may have had 
those figures in his mind when, in a discussion on 
religious education, he remarked : "If you teach Ben- 
edict Arnold as an example of treachery, why can't 
you teach Jesus Christ as an example of service to 

Translating and distributing the jBihk 

When the Yanks landed on the Marshall and Gil- 
bert Islands, they found that the Bible had gotten 
there first — and a long time before. Our nation was 
struggling with the problem of slavery when the 
first Scriptures were set down in the languages of 
these Pacific isles. Hiram Bingham, a missionaiy, 
made the first translation of Chapters 1 to 12 of the 
Gospel of Matthew for the Gilbert natives in 1860, 
reducing the language to writing for the first time. 
He accomplished the herculean task of translating 
the entire Bible in 1893. The Marshalls received 
parts of Matthew's Gospel printed on a tiny mission 
press in 1858, and the entire New Testament was 

published in the native tongue by the American Bible 
Society in 1885. 

The task of translating the Bible into native dia- 
lects is a heroic one, and only the selfless Christian 
devotion of the missionary translator and 'his aides 
makes it possible. In many instances, the Bible is the 
first written record of the language. 

The mass production of Bibles and the translation 
of the Scriptures into the widely spoken and obscure 
languages of the peoples of the earth has been pri- 
marily the work of the Bible Societies in the United 
States and Great Britain. 



Before Gutenberg invented the printing press in 
1453, there had been a few translations of the Bible 
laboriously copied by hand. The Syriac- version of 
the New Testament appeared in the 2nd century, 
and Jerome's great "Vulgate" edition, in Latin, the 
official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church, in the 
4th. In the 12th century, translations were begun in 
modem European languages. 

On the eve of the invention of printing, 33 lan- 
guages — 22 in Europe, 7 in Asia and 4 in Africa — 
had had some part of the Bible. By 1800, 71 lan- 
guages and dialects had seen some printed portion 
of the Scriptures. 

With the rise of the great missionary movement, 
in the early 19th century, came the Golden Age of 
Bible translation. In the brief space of thirty years, 
86 languages received some part of the Bible for the 
first time, more than in all the 1800 years before. 
This was the era of the modern pioneer missionary 
translators. Among them were William Carey and 
other missionaries working with him at Serampore, 
India, near Calcutta, who produced New Testaments 
in 27 languages and whole Bibles in 9 more. Robert 
Morrison in China, Henry Martyn in Persia, Adon- 
iram Judson in Burma and Henry Nott in Tahiti 
are also great figures of this period in the field of 
Bible translation. 

These men and others wrestled with the many col- 
loquial dialects of China and with the tiibal tongues 
of Africa and India. There are more than 300 Af- 
rican languages in which the Bible appears. Thou- 
sands of native linguists who assist the translators 
have made indispensable contributions to this 
achievement. With the founding of the Bible Socie- 
ties — the British and Foreign in 1804,and the Amer- 

ican in 1816, the almost insuperable burden of trans- 
lating, proof reading .and printing, was facilitated, 
and distribution was vastly extended. 

The American Bible Society today reports that 
some complete portion of Scripture has been trans- 
lated and published in 1062 languages and dialects. 
Its goal is that every man willing to possess the 
Scriptures should have them in his own tongue and 
at a price within his reach; however much it may 
cost the Society. In addition to building a network 
of publishing and distribution centers in our own 
and foreign lands, (some of which have been cur- 
tailed by the war,) the Society handles finances, 
translation committees, and composition, proof-read-^ 
ing, plates, press work, paper, binding and storage. 

The Bible is the only book that is in continuous 
production. It has been a best seller in this country 
every year since 1800. Recent careful estimates indi- 
cate that each year sees at least 25,000,000 copies of 
the Bible, in whole or part, produced throughout the 
world. This production is not limited to America, but 
includes in normal times London, Amsterdam, Oslo, 
Stockholm, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Calcutta, Shang- 
hai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and scores of little 
presses operated by Christian missionaries in China, 
India, Africa and the Islands of the Sea. 

The time when there will be at least some portion 
of the Bible in eveiy language spoken on the globe 
is not in some far-distant age, but in the forseeable 
future. Even now, it is possible for nine-tenths of the 
peoples of the earth to have the experience of those 
who heard the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost — to 
hear in their own tongues, the wonderful works of 
God if only they had access to a copy of the Book 
and could read, or have someone read to them. 

Fishers of Wlen 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

It is said that there is a reason for everything. If 
a young man wishes to join the army and is rejected, 
the reason may be disability — physical, mental, or 
moral; or it may be that he is needed more on the 
home front. In the work of the Lord not all can go 
to the foreign field, but if we are not doing anything 
on the home front either, then we should examine 
ourselves to find the reason. 

More often than not that reason will be pure in- 
difference. Down in Virginia I heard of a young 
man who had not visited his aged, widowed mother 
in three years, although he lived less than fifteen 
miles away. Such indifference is shocking, but per- 
haps in God's sight it is no worse than the sin of 
some of us who have lived a longer time at less dis- 
tance from prodigals whom we should love as God 
loves them, and yet we have never visited them to 
bring them back to God. 

In the city of Warsaw, Indiana, I once spoke to 
a man about becoming a Christian and he said to me, 
almost angrily, "You church people are hypocrites. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 


You do not believe that I am lost. If you do, how 
is it that I have lived here all my life and you were 
the first person who has ever spoken to me about 
salvation? If I believed that doctrine I could not rest. 
I would rush to all my unsaved friends as if their 
houses were on fire and try to drag them to safety. 
My pretense of friendship would be pure hypocrisy 
if I did anything less." I replied to him, "My friend, 
every church spire in this town is a finger which con- 
stantly points you to God. Every ringing church bell 
invites you to come and accept your Savior. The in- 
difference of those who could speak to you person- 
ally is bad enough, but it does not excuse your own 
indifference when you know that your own eternal 
welfare is at stake. If you first show a little interest 
in yourself, there will be plenty of Christians who 
- will gladly help you to enter the higher life which 
only Jesus gives." This man would not yield. He was 
a,lso making excuses. 

Worse is the case of those who do go to church 
sometimes and get no word of welcome or invitation 
to return. Church members who can visit half an 
hour among themselves after church, but make no 
effort to win to Christ the unconverted who may be 
present, should wake up to their responsibility, for 
"he that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him 
it is sin." James 4 :17. It is said that the noted crim- 
inal, Dillinger, once went to church with the inten- 
tion of continuing, but no one took any notice of him 
whatsoever, and he never went back. Can such a 
thing happen in any of our churches? 

Some of us, to be sure, are very timid. We can talk 
to our unconverted friends about everything else, 
but we think we cannot talk to them of our Savior. 
Even some parents think that they cannot talk to 
their children and will ask the pastor to speak to 
them instead. 

A railroad man was converted and when he re- 
turned from his work next day his mother asked 
him if his companions had made fun of him for do- 
ing so. He replied, "No, mother, they did not even 
find out that I am a Christian." Such excuses do not 
excuse; they condemn. A new born babe quickly 
* makes known its presence and a new born child of 
God should glorify the Savior wherever he may be. 
If we are ashamed to confess Him, He will also be 
ashamed of us. Jeremiah also felt timid when called, 
but when God touched his lips he became bold as a 
lion. And He will touch our lips if we will let Him 
do so. 

Some are quiet for fear of rebuff. Sitting in a 
train one day, I learned that my seatmate was an 
agent for alcoholic liquors and I tried to turn our 
conversation to the Gospel, but he only said, "You 
mind your business and I will mind mine," and he 
went into the smoking car. I silently prayed for him. 

but the thought came: it is my business to witness 
for Christ, but not to cast pearls before swine. In 
missionary work we frequently have experiences like 
this and must learn to take vituperation patiently 
even as Chi'ist did, for many are called but few 

Some church members are hindered by their slav- 
ery to fashion. Because others do not do personal 
work they are afraid of being accounted queer. But 
it is far better to be considered queer by the world 
than to be considered useless by the Lord. Some day 
the unfruitful branches shall be cut off and burned. 

Some church members are silent because of secret 
sins in the life. They do well to be silent until those 
sins are confessed and blotted out, but they should 
not delay this step. Dr. Chapman went from New 
York to Illinois to make up with an enemy, but when 
he returned to his pulpit he preached with increas- 
ing power. 

Some people feel their ignorance of the Bible, but 
they can study it and meanwhile speak of their own 
experience. They know as much as the blind man 
who was healed and could not keep still about it. 

Finally, Satan hinders soul winning. 1 Thess. 2:18. 
That is his business. But it is our business to destroy 
his works and make known the Gospel of the king- 
dom of God to all the world. Its salvation and ours 
depends upon that. 

The Right to Make Mistakes 


Dr. Ouirles A. Bame 

The right to make mistakes is so grounded in the 
Holy Scriptures that one needs only the most meager 
knowledge of it to understand. The reply of Peter 
to the Master's searching question "Will ye also go 
away?" shows his feeling in the matter: "Lord to 
whom shall we go?" John 6:68. So vehemently did 
Jesus condemn this loquacious disciples that He once 
said, "Get thee behind me Satan" (Matthew 16:23) 
and at another, "When thou art converted strength- 
en thy brethren." (Luke 22:32). "Until seven 
times?" asked the limited Peter and the distance of 
his conception of what is "all the way" (seven times) 
to the more correct seventy times seven (Matthew 
18:22) measures, in some way, how severely wrong 
is human judgment. To admit that judgments are 
sometimes wrong is to confess that mistakes are pos- 
sible and must be provided for. 

There are many teachings in the parting words of 
our Lord to His disciples in the last night of His 
life to convince us that we do have many limitations. 



Recorded in John 14:26, Jesus says of the Holy 
Spirit, "He shall teach you all things"; He shall 
"bring all things to your remembrance." In John 
16:13, "He will guide you into all the truth," and 
in verse 12, He says, "I have many things to say 
unto you but you can not bear them now." All these 
speak of limitations which might be remedied when 
the Holy Spirit comes, provided disciples yield them- 
selves to such guidance. But there are so many things 
to distract one from such complete guidance that 
limitations — the right to make mistakes — is vouch- 
safed to failing, faltering followers: even such as 

That the pillars of the church, Peter, James and 
John (Galatians 2:9) were guilty of such lapses is 
evident. We know what their mistakes were. Paul, 
who brings us this revelation and designation him- 
self, was very conscious of his mistakes. He says 
to the Corinthian members: "I was with you in 
weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling." I 
Cor. 2;3. To the Romans he wrote, "The good that 
I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, 
that I do." Chapter 7:19. Well may we all confess, 
"Who shall deliver me," and strive for the power, 
"I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord." Rom- 
ans 7:24, 25. Mistakes! Mistakes! Mistakes! 

//. The Reason for Mistakes. The reason for the 
mistakes made by men are already quite accounted 
for. In one word, it may be designated sin. "It is no 
longer I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me," said 
the great Christian logician of all time. Romans 7: 
20. That apostle of righteousness, peace and joy in 
the Holy Spirit confessing that? Yes, he was as 
honest as he was humble. He tried to profess no 
more than he practiced (Gal. 5:25), but he fell 
short and did not try to cover failures with hjrpoc- 
risy and sham as too many do who do profess too 
much and practice too little. It is he who taught us 
"all have sinned and come short." Romans 3:23. 

One of the difficult things for any and all men 
to do is to confess their sins — it is too humiliating. 
Paul's argument is not that we make mistakes only, 
as some today teach, but that we do make mistakes 
because of sin; and sin must be remedied (done 
away) else we are not of God and shall suffer age- 
long separation from Him until sin is done away. 
"The wages of sin is death" and dead we are until 
it is forgiven and forsaken. If one can see no sin 
(only mistakes) or the ugliness of it, as it looks in 
the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:20, 21) and realize 
that they that "practice" such things "will not in- 
herit the kingdom of God" (Weymouth), let them 
remember that it is and was only by the sacrifice of 
Himself who bore our sins in His body on the tree 
that we can escape the penalty of sin and conse- 
quently of mistakes as well. Easy ideas about the 

neglect of the Ten Commandments, the command- 
ments of Jesus with all the moralities they involve, 
or the sermon on the Mount, will never give license 
to disregard them or easily lull our conscience asleep 
concerning the grace of God. "By grace are we 
saved," not licensed to sin. Salvation does not leave 
us in sin ; it saves us from it. 

III. Remedy for Mistakes. The remedy for our 
mistakes is not payment by the government for our 
losses, not payment for our sins by forms and rit- 
uals, but by the blood of the cross. If sin is at the 
bedrock of our mistakes, then there is no hope of 
salvation complete and sure, save the only one man 
has ever found that really delivers from sin. "With- ^ 
out the shedding of blood there is no remission" is 
not man's preference: it is God's way. Hebrews 9. 
"By means of his own blood ... he secures an eternal 
salvation" . . . "to make salvation complete." (Wey- 
mouth) In the preaching of that doctrine drunkards 
have found release, adulterers have become saints, 
misers generous, leaders humble. It is a tried rem- 
edy; it is a God-given remedy. Why not preach it 
and return to God's way? 

IV. The Release from Mistakes. No more logical 
ascent to passionate exclamation, more explosive joy, 
or shout of victory have I ever read or heard than 
that of Paul climaxing the arguments of Romans 7, 
quoted much in this article. It was the achievement 
of the promises of Jesus in the Olivet discourse of 
peace, joy, calm and poise to which he came in ar- 
gument and joyful experience. He had found justi- 
fication through the blood of the cross. Romans 3 :24 ; 
5:9. "By faith," 3:28. Righteousness is ours because 
we have been justified. Not by works because that 
would make us boasters. Romans 4:2. We are con- 
querors through Him. 

So, may we reach our conclusions: the right of 
man to err. The expectation that man will make mis- 
takes and as long as he is in the body of this flesh, 
he may as well confess it and expect it of others. To ^ 
quarrel because we do, or to lead into schism and 
division, unfriendliness and disfellowship is but to 
disregard the scriptural acknowledgment and reve- 
lation. But let us thank God there is a remedy and a 
release from it all in the provision and the provi- 
dence of our God. Let us be happy if we have come 
to the place where mistakes do not separate us from 
those we love and cherish and fellowship. Let none 
believe that he has the right to lord it over his less 
fortunate, less trained or less powerful brothers. 
"Let brotherly love continue," despite mistakes. Let 
us resolve to make fewer of them as we "grow in 
grace and the knowledge of the Truth." 

Western Springs, 111. 

Education can educe, but cannot produce. — Dr. Fairbaim. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 


The Ylational Siindaij School 



Rev. D. B. Flora 


This is one of the great weights of adult responsibility 
and especially of parents. 

A lecturer said: "The child mind is a very delicate and a 
very plastic thing. Think of your child as clay and yourself 
as the potter, and remember that this clay is yours to mold 
into any shape you will." The listening mother went home 
thouglitful, for her experience did not bear this out. She 
had not found her child so delicate, but at times rathej- tough, 
and at other times peculiarly resistant. If clay, then living 
clay which wriggled and twisted beneath her hands into 
some other shape than the one she was trying to form. This 
mother discovej-ed in her Bible study and study of ancient 
industries that the potter did more to the clay than simply 
shape it under his fingers as the lecturer had so glibly im- 
plied. The clay had to be trampled, kneaded and beaten to 
the propei' consistency for the shaping. 

There is such a thing as discipline aside from the matter 
of self-development. A young couple had a little girl whom 
they were endeavoribig to rear according to psychological 
principles which had been taught them in college class rooms. 
But their little daughter developed the very bad habit of 
stoning passersby. The parents discussed it with her, ex- 
plaining the pain and injury she caused. They told her that 
other people would not like her, etc., etc., but to no avail. 
Finally they went to a very learned doctor of phychology 
and psycho-analysis and asked his assistance. In very digni- 
fied manner and language he directed to use the flat of the 
hand properly at each stone throwing attack until the ail- 
I ment had been cured. Later the young father came back and 
expressed great wonderment over the efficacy of the pre- 

Obedience is necessary to the growth of Christian charac- 
ter and the development of Christian motives. No one can 
live rightly as a law unto himself. Adjustment to law and 
to authority are essential to sound mental health, to normal 
personality and to stable Christian character. Our discipline 
of our children should contribute to the development of their 
ability to control themselves. 

Discipline is the making of disciples. How much finer are 
the implications of that definition than those of the usual 
meaning we give, the term. How much more of a challenge 
to parents. We become then not disciplinarians in the sense 
of stern monitors, but disciplinarians in the sense of leaders 
and guides in the Christian way of living; older, more expe- 
rienced, meriting confidence and trust, but sympathetic and 
understanding, helping the child to live and solve his prob- 
lems, helping him to become a true disciple of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

There must be guidance, explanation, help in development, 
and restraint. Thousands now in the region of despair, and 
thousands more on their way to join them will forever curse 
their parents as the authors of their misery because of par- 
ental indulgence. David made a fondling of his son Adonijah 
and in return Adonijah made a fool of his father, (1 Kings 1). 
The Christian home is the basis for all other development 
of the right kind. The home is the center and starting point 
of all the best Christian education. Education does not start 
with the alphabet; it begins with a mother's look, with a 
father's nod of approbation, or a sign of reproof; with 
thoughts directed in sweet kindly tones and words to nature, 
to beauty, to acts of benevolence, to deeds of virtue, and 
to the source of all good — to God Himself. 

What if God should place in your hand a diamond, and 
tell you to inscribe on it a sentence which should be read 
at the last day, and shown there as an index of your thoughts 
and feelings. What care, what caution you would exercise 
in selection! Now this is what God has done. He has placed 
before you the immortal minds of your children, more im- 
pea'ishable than the diamond on which you are about to in- 
scribe every day and every hour by your instruction, by your 
spirit, or by your example something that will remain and 
be exhibited for or against you at the judgment day. 

lEach child is to its parents that which her Child was to 
the Virgin Mary — a gift from God, a source of infinite joy 
and wonder, the cause for a feeling that it is the parent 
who is honored by the gift of such an opportunity. 

The total Christian life of the home, its words, its moods, 
its chance reflections of inner attitude, its nameless and un- 
remembered acts — these make up its Christian atmosphere. 
The parents must look to their own Christian lives. What 
they are in their inmost souls will influence even their very 
young children far more, than they realize. Parents may fool 
some of the world all the time, and all the world some of 
the time, but they will not fool their children any of the time. 
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, wheji they them- 
selves have poisoned the fountains. There needs to be a hap- 
by relationship between the parents. Nothing can be so dev- 
astating to the religious life and mental life of the child 
as disagreement between his parents. 

There should be family devotions. These should be natural 
and informal. Scripture reading and prayer certainly should 
be a part of the Christian home life. Readings in connection 
with the Sunday school lessoixs will be helpful. Sometimes 
there may be special worship services commemorating various 
church seasons. 

Let it be remembered that adults and parents must go in 
the way they desire the children to go. 
"The voice of parents is the voice of God, 
For to their children they are heaven's lieutenants; 
Made fathers, not for common uses merely. 
But to steer. 

The wanton freight of youth through storms and dangers, 
Which, with full sails, they bear upon and straighten 
The mortal line of life they bend so often. 
For these are we made fathers, and for these 
May challenge duty on our children's part. 
Obedience is the sacrifice of angels, 
Whose form you carry." — Shakespeare. 

(With appreciation of helps and ideas from various sources 
and adapted.) 

Elkhart, Ind. 



National Goals Program 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, Chairman 

(Beginning second year) 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 

ment above is item 3 of GOAL I. Linked with it is 
item one: "15% increase in total membership." 
These two items are inseparable. The attainment of 
item one is valueless, unless zealous efforts are put 
forth to realize the accomplishment of item three. 

REN CHURCH has set the mark at 2,000 souls saved 
by April 1, 1945. This figure denotes approximately 
a ten cent increase. With 2,000 new members 
added; and every one of present members and the 
2,000 new members active members, then the in- 
crease for next year will be far above the 15% asked 
for it in item one of this GOAL. 

Look where we will, we are everywhere impressed 
by the truth that the active church is the growing 
church. Is it not true, then, that the probable reason 
for weak and dying churches is that the larger por- 
tion of the membership are lacking in a willingness 
to do their part of the work necessary for the church 
to function properly? What would be the result in 
the Brethren Church if every member were to meas- 
ure himself with the measuring stick of true values? 
Goethe said: "Nature knows no pause in progress 
and development, and attaches her curse on all in- 

John W. Shackford, in his book, "The Progj-am of 
the Christian Religion," says: "It is evident that the 
religion of the future must be . . . one that makes 
for progress and not for stagnation, one that in- 
spires to victory and achievement rather than leads 
to withdrawal and surrender." That thought is up- 
permost in my mind as I recall several incidents 
from individual life experiences that I have observed. 

- \ Observation 1 : 

This concerns a man whose wife wanted to attend 
the week-night prayer and Bible study service. He 
took her one Wednesday night, but the service was 
not conducted according to his ideas so he never 
went to another service. He talked to some of the 
members as well as to some who were not members, 
about how poorly attended the service was, that it 
should be made more interesting, the right subjects 
were not discussed, and he was also afraid that he 
would be called upon to pray. His criticisms remind 

me of how I learned to like olives. While attending a 
banquet at Falls City, Nebraska, I remarked to a 
waiter that I did not like olives. He replied, "Eat 
seven of them and you will never dislike them again." 
This statement proved to be true. 

Observation 2: 

A young lady member of the church did not en- 
joy attending the C. E. meetings. She was continu- 
ally talking about the lack of variety in the meetings, 
that no other young people her age attended, and 
that the officers and pastor didn't seem to know 
much about how to conduct C. E. meetings. Yet she 
never invited others to come; never greeted stran- f. 
gers to make them feel at homej and never exer- 
cised her own initiative to make the meetings bet- 
ter. Because of her attitude and criticisms 'others, 
who might have united with the church and become 
strong and active members, remained away and 
went elsewhere. 

Observation 3 : 

This is a young man who saw a vision of the pos- 
sibilities for growth and active spiritual service in 
the work of the church. He had heard his pastor, 
again and again, make suggestions of ways and 
means for doing things that should have been done 
long ago. But no one as yet had made any move to 
help the pastor to realize his vision of a great work- 
ing church. He overheard one member say, "The 
preacher is always talking about what ought to be 
done; why doesn't he do it?" It was then that this 
young man saw his vision ; he now realized that the 
pastor was called to preach the gospel, and to lead 
them spiritually in the paths of righteousness. But 
the lay members had failed to follow his leadership. 
He saw much that needed to be done ; he saw many 
things that he could do; and also many things that 
other members could do if they would but awaken 
to their responsibility. Now it seemed to him that he ^ 
could hear the Lord say: "Whom shall I send and 
who will go for me?" And, as did Isaiah, he dedi- 
cated himself by saying, "Here am I, send me." 

He met difficulties, discouraging influences sought 
to deter him, lack of faith on the part of other mem- 
bers challenged him, and indifference on every hand 
was a restraining force, but he kept steadfastly at 
the task. Victory eventually came. One by one, two 
by two, three by three, more and more rapidly the 
circle of active workers in the church enlarged. Be- 
fore ten years had passed the membership of the 
church had doubled, and the annual percentage of 
increase grew from year to year. 

AND I WILL DO MY PART" should be the slogan 
of every member of the Brethren Church. We are a 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 


gospel church. We preach the whole Bible. As we live 
our lives daily in the active service of the church in 
our own community, so will the gospel more speed- 
ily evangelize the world. 

— Smithville, Ohio. 




By Aunt Margo 



Dear Boys and Girls: 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." Matt. 28:19. 

I am going to write to you about a little dark-eyed baby 
who was born in the town of Maiden, Massachusetts, more 
than one hundred and fifty years ago. He was named Adon- 
iram, after his father who was Rev. Adoniram Judson, a 
Congregational minister. The father and the mother too, 
thought this baby a wonderful child. That is a way our fath- 
ers and mothers have, and we ought all to try and live up 
to their expectations for us. Mr. and Mrs. Judson thought 
that if the boy was to do a great deal of good in the world, 
the best way was to begin early to teach him as much as 
he could possibly learn. Long pieces were given him to com- 
mit to memory when he was hardly more than a baby, and 
he learned to read when he was only three years old, sur- 
prising his father one day by reading him a chapter in the 

When he was four he liked best to gather all thei children 
in the neighborhood about him and play church. He always 
preached the sermon himself and his favorite hymn was, 
"Go preach My Gospel, saith the Lord." 

The little feJlow, like boys who live now, liked to find out 
about things for himself. When he was seven he thought he 
would see if the sun really moved. For a long time he lay 
flat o.n his back in the morning sunlight looking up to the 
sky through a hole in his hat. He was so long away from 
home that he was missed. His little sister found him, but his 
eyes were quite swollen from looking so long at the bright 
light. He told her he had found out about the sun's moving 
"but he did not explain how he knew." 

At sixteen he went to Brown University. He was a fine 
student, loving to study. A great longing came into his heart 
to be a minister, and he studied diligently with this end in 

He became the leader of the noble pioneer band of Ameri- 
can missionaries. He was one of the haystack Band at Wil- 
liams College. They had formed the first foreign missionary 
society in America and met at night to pray under a hay- 
stack. At the theological seminary he continued his interest 
in missions and was one of the first company of missionaries 
that set sail from our shores. He aiTived in Bui-ma, where he 
labored till his death. 

When asked what were the prospects of the conversion of 
the heathen, he made his famous reply, "They are as bright 
as the promises of God.'' 

During the war in which England conquered Burma, he 
was imprisoned by the natives and suffered horrible tortures, 
the effects of which remained with him for the rest of his 

life. His precious translation of the Bible into the native lan- 
guage he sewed into a pillow which was taken as a keepsake 
by a native Christian, and so the translation was preserved. 

For thirty-seven_years he toiled on, several times returning 
to his own country, but always hastening back to his field. It 
was six years before he won the first Burmese convert. But 
before his death he was permitted to see sixty-three churches 
in Burma under the care of one hundred and sixty-three mis- 
sionaries and helpers and more than seven thousand converts 
had been baptized. 

Worn out with labor, the hero missionary, stricken with 
fever, was sent home, only to die on shipboard, and his body 
was buried at sea. 

But he had been permitted to see the Gospel firmly planted 
in that country. 

Boys and girls, it does not matter how young we are, we 
can have a great vision, the vision of seeing souls saved for 
His kingdom. 

Lovingly, with prayer, 

Aunt Margo. 

Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

The Semester Honor Roll, just announced, includes a num- 
ber of young people from Brethren communities. Those on 
the "A" or high list include: Gertrude Boardman and Eliza- 
beth Boardman, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mary Alice Dafler, New 
Lebanon, Ohio; Janet King, Ashland; Frances Neterer, Nap- 
panee, Lidiana; and Ray Sluss, Louisville, Ohio. 

Included on the "B" list are: Henry Bates, Philadelphia, 
Pa.; Vivian Burkhart, Johnstown, Pa.; Helen Downey, Wil- 
liamsport, Md.; Bernice King, Jane King, Theodore Kline, 
William Solomon, and Barbara Taylor, all of Ashland; Eileen 
Randall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio; and Beatrice Stuckey, Alliance, 

Miss Janet Good, freshman, from Waynesboro, Pa., was 
recently selected as Business Manager of the Freshman issue 
of the Ashland "Collegian." Miss Good is majoring in Busi- 
ness Administration. 

Mr. W. H. Miley, of the speech department, is planning to 
present the play, "The Journey to Jerusalem," on March 24, 
as a pre-Easter play on the campus. It is the story of Christ's 
journey to Jerusalem at the age of twelve and the fore- 
shadowing of his future. The play has not yet been pub- 
lished and is being produced from the manuscript. Brethren 
young people taking part include: Joan Dalton, Ashland; 
Helen Downey, Williamsport, Md.; Robert Powell, Williams- 
town, Ohio; Ellen Stoffer, North Georgetown, Ohio; Eliza- 
beth Boardman, Philadelphia, Pa.; Charles Munson, John- 
town, Pa.; Ed Spencer, Sergeantsville, N. J.; Ella Smith, 
Hagerstown, Md.; Jeanette Schwab, Louisville, Ohio; Joan 
Riddle, Louisville, Ohio; William Solomon, Ashland Ohio: 
Donald Phillips, New Lebanon, Ohio; Nelson Gilbert, West 
Alexandria, Ohio; Tom Shannon, Hamlin, Kansas; Ralph 
Mills, Hagerstown, Md.; Theodore Kline, Ashland; Mary Alice 
Crider, Smithville, Ohio; and Bernice King, Ashland. 

If there were less quarreling among the ninety and nine, 
the shepherd would have, more time to find the one lost sheep. 
— Selected 





Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 




1. Prepare by prayer and study of the subject.. 

2. Be on time. , 

3. Let every one see by your bright, cheery countenance 
that you enjoy coming. 

4. Be one of the first to take part. In matters of benevo- 
lence "he gives twice who gives first," so he speaks twice 
who speaks first; once in giving full effect to his own re- 
marks; and again in those incited to speak after the atmos- 
phere has been warmed for them. An admirable compliment 
was paid a church member in these words: "He would al- 
ways take hold of the cold end of the meeting." 

5. Get others to join with you in a promise to take part. 
A young man recently said: "I will be one of a dozen to take 
part, but I cannot be one of a few. Double the number of 
persons present and participating and you will far more than 
double the interest and power of any prayer meeting. 

6. Bring your best life into the meeting. Make this family 
gathering of the church the register of all the best thoughts 
and feelings and struggles and triumphs of each week. — From 
a Pastor's Prayer Meeting Topic Card. 


I John 3:6, 7 ' • 

Sinning is altogether inconsistent with abiding in Christ 
(Ver. 6; John 15:5). We abide in Him by believing on Him, 
loving Him, communing with Him, drawing our life from 
Him (John 15:1-7). Sinning is the mark of the devil's chil- 
dren, not God's children (ver. 10). God's children have, been 
reborn to a life of righteousness and love. Whosoever is born 
of God doth not commit sin (ver. 9). That is, he cannot be 
sinning or living a life out of harmony with God's will and 
Word. His principle is not to sin. An honest servant cannot 
steal, a faithful husband cannot be unfaithful, a child of God 
cannot be opposed to his father's %vill any more than one who 
is fond of accuracy can be inaccurate. One may fall into 
errors of judgment, be overtaken by sudden gusts of tempta- 
tion and surprised into a fault, for which forgiving grace is 
daily needed; still it is his principle not to sin. 

Those who teach sinless perfection are manifestly carnal 
and glory in their experiences of second blessing and perfect 
love. They seldom read their Bibles, they rarely converse to- 
gether of Christ. Their sick testify to being healed by faith, 
and sinful people declare that they have the blessing of holi- 
ness. Their backsliders by far outnumber their soldiers, for 
they look within for holiness iiistead of without. They look 
at the wrong man — all is in another Man — the Man Christ 
Jesus. The perfect holiness and love is in Him. The more 
my heart is taken up with Christ, the more. I do enjoy prac- 
tical deliverance from sin's power and the more I realize 
what it is to have the love of God shed abroad in my heart 
by the Holy Ghost given to me, as the earnest of the glory 
to come. (1 John 1:8-10). Insofar as the child of God abides 
in Christ he is separated from sin. 

He who lives in the practice of sin thereby proclaims that 
he does not know Christ experimentally. He has made self 
the center of his thoughts and life. His life is riot Christ-cen- 
tered. Read verses 6 and 7. Beware of those who say to know 
is all that matters — conduct is out of the question. Right 
principles carry into the Vi^iole conduct. If we maintain com- 
munion with Him we must love Divine restraints, too. He 
who abides in Christ cannot deliberately and habitually sin. 
Such a one's knowledge of Christ would be superficial or 
imaginary. To know Christ makes us like Christ. The best 
of us, however, have seen but the hem of His garment. A 
righteous man inevitably practices righteousness. Christ pro- 
duces nothing but righteousness. 



Boys' Brotherhood 

Arranged this month by C. Y. Gilmer 

( & t e^ 

Brotherhood Devotional Meeting 

March Program 


"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and 
he that ruleth hib spirit than he that taketh a city." Prov. 


Hymn: "America the Beautiful" 

Scripture: Respect for Law. Romans. 13:1-7 

Prayer: Thanking God for our land, its liberty, safety, and 
privilege under law; asking God's blessing upon all in 
authority; praying for voters; pledging ourselves to Christ 
and our country according to God's ■will. 

Hymn: "I Would Be True." 

Topic Presentation (Use several persons). 

Introduction: The Need of Respect for Law. Lack of re- 
spect for certain laws — laws that one may dislike. Suppose 
no one obeyed laws he disliked. Suppose everyone respected 
the law. "True freedom can exist only when it is limited — 
limited by the rights of other men and by the laws that de- 
fine and protect those rights. When a man refuses to re- 
spect those limitations, when he refuses to obey the laws 
laid down by God and man, he becomes a criminal — an enemy 
to all his neighbors," says John Edgar Hoover of the F.B.I. 

Why We Should Respect the law: 
Jesus respected the law. 

(a) He paid the Temple tax. Matt. . 17 :24-27. 

(b) He said "Render unto Caesar," etc. Matt. 22:17-21. 

(c) He bade His disciples obey. Matt. 23:1-3. 
Paul respected the law. 

(a) He protested against magistrates disobeying the law. 
Acts 16:19-23, 35-39. 

(b) He apologized for a violation of the law. Acts 23:1-5. 

(c) He appealed to the Roman law for protection against 
the Jews. Acts 25:10-12. 

(d) He urged Christians to obey the law. Rom. 13:1-7. 

(e) He urged the Christians to pray for those in author- 
ity. 1 Tim. 2:1-5. 

What respect for law means: 
It recognizes that laws and court officers represent the 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 


majesty and integrity of the nation. It means obedience to 
every law. It means voting for good men and good meas- 
ures. It means agitation and endeavor to get better laws. 

Hymn: "America" 

Worship Through Offering 

Scripture Lights: Temperance in All Things — Frees the soul 
(1 Pet. 2:11); helps the weak (1 Cor. 8:9-13); subdues the 
flesh, 1 Cor. 9:27); cultivates spiritual graces (Gal. 5:22- 
24); develops Christian character (2 Peter 1:5-8); makes 
one, a worthy example (Titus 1:7, 8; 2:2). 

Temperance Commended — To those who must render ac- 
count (1 Peter 5-7); those who would escape the devil (1 
Peter 5:8); to young men (Titus 2:6-8); old men and wom- 
en (Titus 2:2, 3); children of light (1 Thess. 5:5-8); Chris- 
tian workers (1 Tim. 3:1-3, 8); those who would attain Chris- 
tian fruitfulness (2 Peter 1:5-8); the ambitious (1 Cor. 9: 

Hymn: "Yield Not to Temptation" 

Sentence Prayers by the Group 

Business Session 

Social Hour 



Young Men and Boys' 




A Word in confidence to our pastors and lay workers. 

By the National Boys' Work Committee 

Bre,thren, start with the boys. 

Boys' Brotherhood is easily provided. Take the organized 
boys' class in the Sunday School and simply follow the Broth- 
erhood program as furnished by your Boys' Work Commit- 

Brotherhood is the logical basis from which to develop a 
laymen's organization that will really go places. The laymen 
need proper Brotherhood background. Our Brethren pastors 
and leaders must see this! Laymen are more or less set in 
their ways and unaggressive. They were never trained to 
be otherwise. Start with the boy and cultivate the layman. 
Not until we do will we as pastors and teachers ever see or 
realize what we should have in the way of many active lay- 
men on the right track and really going some place,. 

The Boys' Brotherhood is an opportunity that no pastor 
or teacher of boys can afford to pass. "The boy is father 
of the man." The future of The Brethren Church rests in the 
Brethren Boy. "What we are to be we are now becoming." 
We are going to run out of adults after a while unless we 
quit passing up the boys in our church life. 

It is not the Brotherhood in which we primarily are in- 
terested, but the boys. However, we know nothing to date that 
equals what the Brotherhood sponsors. If you are interested, 
kindly drop a line to C. Y. Gilmer, Rt. 1, Conemaugh, Pa. 


1. Any young men's or boys' organization in The Brethren 

Church may become a certified Brotherhood upon application, 
providing the Brotherhood Objectives are met. 

2. Every local Brotherhood should have a brotherhood meet- 
ing each month, with the regular order of procedure, regard- 
less of any other organizational interests. (For order of pro- 
cedure note the Boys' Brotherhood program elsewhere in this 

3. Every local Brotherhood should have an adult adviser. 

4. Ages for the Brotherhood range from nine to twenty- 
five inclusive. Each church may have one or more brother- 
hoods, according to their age needs. Each brotherhood should 
be registered with the National Organization. 


1. An Advisory Committee should be appointed by and 
subject to the local Laymen's Organization. Let this com- 
mittee name an adult Adviser for the local Brotherhood. 

2. The officers of the Brotherhood should be — President, 
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. There should be 
Missionary, Membership, Welfare and Project Commissions. 



1. Memorize "A Brother's Ideal." 2. Read the assigned Bible 
Book a Month. 3. Read the assigned Missionary Book each 
year. 4. Help to meet Local, District, and Natiional Objec- 
tives. 5. Attend Worship Services regularly. 6. Show evidences 
of Stewardship. 


1. A Brotherhood meeting at least once each month. 

2. Dues, ten cents per month, or free will contributions 
exceeding this amount from each member regularly. 

3. Dues, twenty-five cents per member, paid annually to 
the National Organization. 

4. Dues, twenty-five cents per member, paid annually to 
the District Brotherhood. 

5. Help meet district and National Goals. 

6. A Brothetrhood Public Worship Service held each year. 


1. Some Brotherhood presentation in each District Confer- 

2. An active Promotional Committee in each dibtrict. 

3. Every Church having a Brotherhood. 

4. A district Boys' Organization. 

6. A district Brotherhood Convention. 


1. A National Brotherhood Organization of Boys and Young 

2. A Brotherhood Program at General Conference time and 

3. A Brotherhood budget interested in the whole Brethren 

Cease meddling with God's plan and will. You touch any- 
thing of His and you mar the work. You may move the hands 
of the clock to suit you, but you do not change the time; you 
may hurry the unfolding of God's will, but you harm and 
do not help the work. You can open a rosebud but you spoil 
the flower . . . Leave all to Him. "Thy will, not mine."— 
Stephen Merrit. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Uied by permission." 



Topk for March 4, 1945 


Scripture: Psalms 32:1-7; Matt. 6:5, 6 

For The Leader 

The battles of life are won on our knees. No young person 
lives for Christ except that person knows the meaning of 
private prayer. It just isn't possible. Public prayer has its 
place. The minister's prayers in the services should be to 
us an -inspiration and a help. His prayers can help us to 
become better "pray-ers" ourselves. But praying in public 
is but a small part of our prayer life. Private, prayer is that 
which no one else knows about, except as they see the re- 
sults in our life. Unless we do pray in private, we will soon. 
die as a Christian. There are people who delight in making 
long, beseeching prayers before an audience. Often times 
their lives show the lack of private prayer. As Jesus warned 
the people, "Pray not to be seen and heard, but pray in secret, 
and the answers will appear in public." Tonight we want to 
learn some ways in which our private prayer life can be 


1. WHAT IS PRIVATE PRAYER? Private prayer is the 
prayer of victory. It is the prayer of an individual who has 
learned how to talk to God alone. It does not need to be 
spoken aloud. Such prayer is direct communion with God. 
In such prayer, the soul pours out its grief and desires di- 
rectly to God. How often have we wanted someone to whom 
we could go and pour out our heart! Perhaps a parent, or 
a friend. Then how often have we had things which we young 
people could not tell to anyone. To us, God becomes a friend 
for such a time, through prayer. The secret of private prayer, 
is "just telling it to God." Words, or sentences do not count 
at such times. 

prayer is not "formal prayer." We do not really need to use 
words like we would if praying in public. The main point of 
private prayer is being in the right spirit, or fellowship 
with God. As we cannot talk freely to a friend when some- 
thing is wrong between us, so neither can we talk to God 
when thej-e is something standing between us. Can we talk 
to God when there is sin in our life which we won't admit? 
Can we ask God to bless our life, or answer our prayers, 
when we know we have a desire to do certain sins ? The first 
prayer is for the forgiveness of sin. The ne.xt is for power 
to serve. The second cannot be heard unless the first is ut- 

"busy" life to which we all seem to be bound, there seems 
to be. so little time for "devotions." If we haven't been taught 
from little up, we should learn right now, that there should 
be a definite time each day for private prayer and Bible 
study. A set time puts a bit of regularity in our daily pro- 
gram. We will learn to look forward to it each day; it vvall 
become the most valuable part of our daily life. 

a set time each day can be very valuable let us not think 
that this is the only time we should pray in private. We can 

use this kind of prayer any time. We said earlier in this 
discussion that private prayer was not based on the form 
of words or sentences. We have heard the expression 
"breathed a prayer." Before each difficult task, or in any 
special time of temptation, great victory will come if at that 
moment we "breathe" a prayer for strength. Let us form 
the habit of always breathing a word of prayer before each 
task or duty of life. In school, before each test, lift up your 
heart in a word of prayer. (Be sure you have studied the night 
before though. Don't neglect study, and then expect God to 
give you a passing grade in your test.) When you serve the 
Church in any special duty, pray for special strength to be 
able to do it for the glory of God. It helps. 

5 IT WILL HELP OUR LIFE. Our life for Christ will be 
just what we make it. The degree to which we rise in victor- 
ious Chi'istian living among men, is determined by the degree ^ ^■ 
to which we are willing to pray. Eat one slice of breach each ^ 
day for ten days. You know the results. Rush a prayer in a 
hurried moment, and pray no more that day, and you know 
the results. Eat three square meals a day and you will con- 
tinue to be healthy and strong, physically. Take time to pray, 
and pray fervently, in private, and your Christian life will 
be great and strong. When we wilfully neglect our prayers 
in private, our spiritual life is weakened just that much. 

so much to do in the world today, we certainly must remem- 
ber to pray. The world needs the teachings of the gospel. 
The Church has a great duty to perform. Souls are sick and 
dying. As a Christian young person, we must be awake to 
these needs. To meet these needs, we must pray for strength. 
After all, we are serving Christ. The power to do this must 
come from Him. To gain this power, we must pray for it in 
secret. First, pray for a clean and purified personal life. Sec- 
ond, pray for power to serve. No man has ever made a suc- 
cess of Christian service who did not pray in private. Neither 
can we.. 

7. DO YOU BELIEVE IN PRAYER? Too often we sense 
the feeling when talking about prayer, that many in the audi- 
ence do not believe very much in prayer. This is more true 
than many people will want to admit. If we don't believe that 
prayers made in the right spirit are answered, then prayer 
means nothing to us. This is a very sad state to be in, yet 
many people are that way. How many times today have we 
heard anybody say, "I was in a tight place, or a loved one 
was sick, and I prayed about it?" Ministers find it hard 
today to bring people to the place where they actually be- 
lieve that God can help. 

There is such a big difference between people who believe f^\ 
in prayer and those Christians who do not, that they can be ^ 
separated in a church like it would be possible to separate 
cats from dogs. We must have faith that God will answer 
our prayers. He may not answer them in the way we choose, 
but after all, when we pray, we also say, "Thy will be done." 
To sum it all up, the greatest power of your life is private 
prayer. It will help you in temptation, in service, in decisions 
you must make in life. It is yours for the asking. No one 
else can do it for you. It is you and your God talking over 
your life and His work together. A combination such as this 
cannot fail. 


1. What assurance do we have that our prayers will be 
answered? Isaiah 58:9. 

2. What example do we have of all night prayer? Luke 
6:12. What results followed? 

3. What great Power aids us in prayer? Rom. 8:26. 

4. Give an example which you believe was a direct answer 
to prayer. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1945 




35J:e:6iiitt:j3 ^nuitunttintnt 



NASER-YAUGER. At an impressive double ring ceremony 
solemnized Saturday afternoon, January 20, 1945, Miss Jean 
Marie Yauger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Yaugei", Mason- 
town, became the bride of Leonard Daniel Naser, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Leonard Naser of Washington, Pennsylvania. Miss 
Ruth DeBolt, Masontown, acted as accompanist for Mrs. 
Mable Walters, soloist, whose selections included "At Dawn- 
ing," "0 Promise Me," "I Love You Truly, and "Because." 
Miss Martha Yauger, a cousin of the bride, was maid of 

The bride was a member of the Young People's Sunday 
School class of the Masontown Church. The cej-emony was 
performed at 4:30 o'clock in the Brethren Church, Mason- 
town, before an altar decorated with fern. Ceremony by her 
pastor, the undersigned. 

Freeman Ankrum. 

If one is like Jesus, he must not wonder that he is treated 
as Jesus was treated. — Henry Clay Trumbull. 

iCatb to ®^0t 

LYTLE. Estella M. Lytle, daughter of David K. and Ella 
Byler, was born in Champaign County, Ohio, February 6, 
1882 and departed from this life on January 21, 1945. She 
was married on January 6, 1904 to G. H. Lytle. Most of their 
wedded life was spent in Kosciusko County, Indiana. 

Sister Lytle was affiliated with the Brethren Church of 
Warsaw for a number of years and active in the organizations 
of the church. 

She is survived by her husband; on© daughter, Mrs. Milo 
A. Robbing; four grandsons; one sister, Mrs. Lottie Kitt of 
Huntington, Indiana, and many friends. 

Services were held from the Warsaw Brethren Church by 
Rev. H. E. Eppley and her pastor, the undersigned. 

R. F. Porte. 



News From Our 
Churches ' 



It was the writer's happy privilege to feJlowship with the 
Masontown Brethren in a series of meetings January 15-28. 
The Masontown church is one of the oldest in our denomina- 
tion. Many, over the years, have come to this place to hear 
the Word and find the true way of life. The number added 
to the membership of this church since its organization has 

been large, and many, among a transient people, have moved 
elsevi'here. But a substantial group of God-fearing men and 
women has always been found here, making this a strong 

This was my fourth meeting with the Masontown church. 
It was a pleasure to meet again so many of the old friends 
and to find them at the place of duty. A goodly number of 
folk, new to the writer, have united with the church, since 
our last meeting in 1931, and have proven themselves faithful 
workers. There is a large number of young people and chil- 
dren active which augurs well for the future. 

The Masontown church has been and continues to be min- 
istered to by faithful and efficient pastors. The present pas- 
tor here is Freeman Ankrum. I consider it a privilege and 
an honor to be associated with brother Ankrum in the Lord's 
work. Brother Ankrum is not only a capable preacher, but 
an author of note. Chiefest, among his writings, is the book 
entitled, "Alexander Mack, the Tunk&r and Descendants." 
This work is the product of years of research and contains 
facts of interest not to be found elsewhere. This is a work 
which should have a wide circulation among Brethren peo- 

My home while there was with the Ankrums. And home 
it was. I shall ever remember the kindness shown by the 
pastor and family. Other homes were open to us for meals 
and calls. Everywhere we found genuine Pennsylvania hos- 
pitality. The pastor will report the meeting. There is a com- 
bination of circumstances existing today which make revival 
work difficult, part of which is the weather which did its 
best to oppose. 

After closing the work here and before returning to the 
pastoral work in Lanark, Illinois, I spent a few days among 
relatives in the east. Monday evening of the 29th found me 
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Wagaman, Mount Union, 
Pa. The son-in-law is instructor in the Junior High. He and 
daughter Edna are both quite, active in the work of a local 
church, Robert being the minister of music. Westward from 
Mount Union to Johnstown where I spent about ten hours. 
This is the home city. Called on some of the relatives, visited 
with others over the phone as the time was short. Met Broth- 
er and Sister Chester Zimmerman. These young people are 
doing a good work with the Third Chuch. 

■. W. C. Benshoff. 


The evangelistic effort for which plans had been made for 
some time, is now a matter of history. The meeting closed 
Sunday night, January 28, having been of two weeks' dura- 
tion. Rev. W. C. Benshoff of Lanark, Illinois, was no stranger 
to the Masontown Brethren Church as this was the fourth 
time he has been here in the capacity of an evangelist. Our 
weather, of which much has been spoken and written be- 
haved like no other on record for the present winter. This 
with various other detractions, one of which was a death 
message of one of the soldier boys whose name appears on 
on our Honor Roll, tended to keep the attendance at a lower 
number than would have been otherwise. At that the average 
attendance for all meetings was 92 U. 

This was the first time that the writer and the evangelist 
have worked together in a revival meeting. The fellowship 
was enjoyed. The visible results of the meeting consists of 
four reconsecrations, and five confessions. The five have 
been baptized and received into membership of the church 
with the addition of another who came out the Sunday after 
the meeting had closed. 



Inasmuch as a report from here recently appeared in the 
Evangelist, it will of necessity tend to make this one brief. 
Each night approximately ten minutes before the scheduled 
time of the meeting, a sacred piano prelude was given. Those 
who played during this time were, Mary Alice Ankrum, 
George Breakwell, Doris Simpson, Sylvania Broadwater, Mrs. 
Perry Winters, Margaret Winters, Charles Chepes, Betty Jane 
DeBolt and Bobby Albright. There were special vocal num- 
bers presented each night. The Young Peoples Choir was on 
the job with its contributions. For some reason one member 
of the choir is unnamed in the recent picture appearing in 
the Evangelist. To correct the record, the fourth from the 
left in the first row is Virginia Franks. 

Freeman Ankrum, pastor 


In writing to Brother Baer, Miss Aboud enclosed an offer- 
ing for the Publication Day Offering, also the following: 

"Last Saturday night I attended a Young People's service 
at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, to hear Gil 
Dodds, as I saw an article about him in our church paper. 
The article mentioned Ashland College and so I felt that 
he belonged to us and I wanted to hear and meet him. This 
I did. 

"He held spellbound an audience of 4,000, mostly young 
people, besides 300 in a lower auditorium and as many per- 
haps outside the church who heard him through an amplifier. 

"He told about his victory as a champion world miler and 
drew his lessons for the Christian race of life. 

"Gil Dodds is a Christian we need to have in our ministry." 

Emma M. Aboud. 


It has been several months since we have sent in a report, 
so we thought you might enjoy some news from Cerro Gordo. 

The week following General Conference, Rev. and Mrs. 
C. E. Johnson came to fill the Cerro Gordo pastorate. For 
several months previous to this our pulpit had been filled 
by various retired ministers. Having been without a regular 
pastor for some time. Rev. Johnson found much work to be 

As soon as he was settled in his new home, plans were 
made for the Centeral District Conference. Following one of 
these meetings the congregation held a reception for the 
pastor and his wife. Each family brought gifts of good to 
help Mrs. Johnson fill her pantry shelves. 

In October the Central District Conference was held here. 
There was a fine attendance considering war time conditions. 
The Ladies' Aid of the Church of the Brethren very gra- 
ciously consented to serve meals to our visitors. Every one 
was agreed that the conference was a great success. The local 
church feels that it has received a great spiritual blessing 
from these services. 

In November a Union Thanksgitving service was held in 
our church. Brother Johnson delivered the message to a large 

On the following Sunday we held a Harvest Home Festival 
and invited the churches of the town and also the Oakley 
Church of the Brethren to come and worship with us. Each 
pastor brought a short message and also a musical number 
from his respective church. It was a wonderful day of fel- 
lowship and thanksgiving for all of us. 

On Christmas eve our choir presented a sacred concert 
and a pageant of the Christmas story. In the morning the 
children of the Sunday School had an interesting program. 

Our church was selected for the Union Watch Party and 
New Year's Eve. The committee carried out a fine program 
of songs, talks, and recreation for a large congregation. At 
midnight there was an impressive candle lighting service. 

The church has been mimeographing a monthly church 
letter, which is sent to our boys and girls in service. 

Each Thursday evening a good number of folks meet at 
the church for prayer meeting and Bible study. Following 
this service the choir meets for one hour. 

On January 7th our good friends Brother and Sister John 
Eiler, celebrated their golden wedding. The church presented 
them gifts of money. Brother and Sister Eiler are charter 
members of the Cerro Gordo Church. This is their forty- ^,^ 
seventh anniversary as Christian workers in our church. 
Their many friends join us in praying that God's richest 
blessing be upon them always. 

In the near future we expect to hold a revival. Won't you 
pray with us that many souls will be saved as a result of 
these meetings ? 

May the Lord continue to bless this church and make, it 
useful in our community. 

Lenora Vulgamott. 


On January 8th we went to Roann, Indiana, to help Brother 
Smith Rose and the Roann Church in a meeting. At that 
time it seemed that we ware in the worst winter weather 
and the roads in many places were impassable for several 
days at a time. It was all the road men could do to keep 
the main roads open, and it would snow almost every night. 
But we were greeted by a nice audience the first Monday night 
and every evening through the two week period in spite of 
the roads and weather and basketball tournament. 

For two weeks we labored with their faithful pastor and 
the people. It is no idle word when we say faithful, for we 
never worked with a more loyal people, and better listeners 
than these people. They really attend the church services 
there, and are very appreciative. We never had had the 
privilege of working with them before. While, at the same 
time, we knew many of them. Some of them we had preached 
to in the New Enterprise Church many years ago, but many^ 
we did not know, although we soon learned to know and 
love them. 

This is also the first time we had ever been privileged to 
work with Brother Rose. We found him a very agreeable 
yoke fellow. We had our home with Brother and Sister Rose 
and were made to feel at home and were made very com- 
fortable. They were very congnial and we felt welcome with 

The Lord blessed our efforts and many were, brought to 
Him and added to the church. We went away feeling that 
the Lord had done a great work in their midst. We felt a 
spiritual uplift in our own life in working with these good 
people in the work of our Master. 

We did appreciate their hospitality. We. were invited into 
their homes and ate with many of them. We also want to 
thank them for their fine offering and for everything they 
did to make us feel at home while with them. We praise the 
Lord for victories won. 

C. A. Stewart. 

Volume LXVII, Number 9, March 3, 1945 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published weekly, except last week in August 
and last week in December 




J. E. Stookey, President 

N. G. Kimmel, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 


F. C. Vanator 

G. S. Baer 


Rev. Delbert B. Flora, Dr. Charles A. Bame, 

Dr. C. P. Yoder, Rev. Floyd Sibert 


Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 


Rev. C. A. Stewart, Rev. J. G. Dodds, 
Dr. R. F. Porte, Rev. W. C. Berkshire 

Terms of Subscription. $1.50 per year in advance 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address 

always give both old and new addresses. 
Remittances. Send all money, business communica- 
tions and contributed articles to 
The Brethren Publishing Company 
Ashland, Ohio 

Entered ai lecond cUsi matter at Ashland, Ohio. Accepted for mailing 

at ipecial rate, lection 1103, act of October 3. 1917. Anthorized 

September 3. 1928. 


Interesting Items 2 

The Editor Thinks Aloud— F, C. V 3 

The Business Manager's Corner — G. S. B 3 

Fishers of Men — VII, Intercessory Prayer — 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 4 

The Right to Make Mistakes — Part III — 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 5 

Financing Ashland College — President E. G. Mason 6 

Further Educational Offering Report 7 

Shall We Have a National Conscription Law? — 

Dean R. W. Bixler 8 

National Goals Program — Rev. J. G. Dodds 10 

The Adult Division — Its Place in the Sunday School — 

Rev. C. H. Johnson 11 

Up-to-date Books for Your Sunday School Library 12 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 11 — W. S. B 18 

Prayer Meeting Topic — Rev. C. Y. Gilmej- 14 

Of Great Importance to Your Graded School 14 

The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E 15 

News From Our Churches : 15 

Laid To Rest ; 16 


issue you will find some information which is of vital im- 
portance in the use of the closely graded lessons for this 
year. Unless you adhere closely to the suggestions there 
given, you will find that your lessons will not come out evenly 
at the end of each quarter. READ IT CAREFULLY. 

THE VERY PINE DISCUSSION of Peace-time Military 
Conscription by Dr. Raymond W. Bixler, Dean of Ashland 
College, found on pages 8 and 9 of this issue sets forth in 
truly logical order the definite reasons why such a law should 
not become operative in our country following the close of 
the present conflict. Read it carefully and you will be better 
equipped to set forth your own reasons for argument against 
it. Remember that the Brethren Church at large is not sym- 
pathetic to such a law. 


A long distance telephone call to the editor from Rev. E. 
J. Beekley of West Alexandria, Ohio, Moderator of the Ohio 
District Conference, informs us that the Ohio District Con- 
ference will be held at the regular time in June, at Gratis, 
Ohio. This decision comes after Brother Beekley had con- 
sulted representatives of the Church Federation of Dayton, 
Ohio, and was informed that "as long as this is a state con- 
ference and not an interstate meeting, it may be held." Fur- 
ther information -will be forthcoming as it is made possible. 

of the Bryan, Ohio, Church is to begin a two week evange- 
listic campaign in the New Lebanon, Ohio Church on Monday, 
March 5th. Remember this and other meetings in your daily 

gift by the Bryan, Ohio, W. M. S. was inadvertently omitted. 
This gift was for drapes in the Home. We are sorry for the 
omission. Sister Scott, in her letter, also states that an addi- 
tional gift from the Second Church of Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, in the amount of $10.00 has also been received. 

the Communion will be observed on Easter Sunday evening. 
A most appropriate time for this service. 

AULT we learn that special services are being conducted dur- 
ing Lent, with the following speakers: February 25 — Dr. L. 
E. Lindower; March 11 — Dean M. A. Stuckey; March 25 — 
Dr. W. D. Furry; and the Pastor, Brother Ault, will speak 
during Passion Week — Thursday and Friday evenings — and 
on Easter Sunday. We pray for them a splendid time of ser- 
vice in the Williawstovsm, Ohio, church. 

we were very pleasantly surprised when our treasurer re- 
ported that $442.80 has been turned in to him for the par- 
sonage fund — in less than three months! We might expect 
something like this. God always gives real help to those 
who have faith enough to make an effort to go forward." 

held in the Third Brethren Church, Johnstown, on February 
22. Why not give us a full report of this. Brother Zimmer- 
man ? 

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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Amanda and Alice Hoff, Smithville 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Naugle, Windber, Pa 5.00 

Ed Steiner, Smithville 1.00 

Total to date $365.10 

Delayed Returns 

on Publications Day offering reports makes it inadvisable 
on our part to attempt a detailed report at this time. A 
goodly number of our large churches have not yet reported. 
One pastor stated in a recent communication, "We usually 
^ allow two or three weeks for the late gifts to come before 
}) reporting." That seems to be the case with a number of our 
churches. So we wait patiently and hopefully. We believe the 
pastors and people are endeavoring to do their best to reach 
the goal, which is an average of $1.00 for every member of 
the congregation. 

Dr. Porte of Warsaw 

writes, "I think we had a very good Publication Offering 
this time," and we agree with him. It stands at $180.50, 
which is far above their last year's gift. We commend the 
good people of Warsaw and appreciate the way they are 
backing up the work "their o-\vn boys" are doing over here. 
The editor and business manager both hale from this church. 

How the Banner Church Did It 

While we cannot give a detailed report of the total offer- 
ing at this time, we will give a detailed report of the ban- 
ner offering thus far received. Smithville is by no means 
the largest church, but they have a great interest in their 
Publishing House and here is how they give: 

Mrs. F. B. Hartzler, Smithville, $ 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Dintaman, Smithville 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Amstutz, Smithville 35.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Miller, Smithville 25.00 

Marilyn Dodds, Smithville .50 

Lila Jean Miller, Smithville 50 

Mrs. J. G. Dodds, Smithville 10.00 

Mrs. Maude Rutt, Smithville 75.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hartzler, Smithville 25.00 

Nadine Dodds, Smith\'ille 15.00 

MariljTi Miller, Smithville, 50 

|> Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Weigley, Smithville 5.00 

Bertha Lee Dodds, Smithville 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Sparks, Rittman 2.00 

Alice Ebersole, Rittman 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Christie Graber, Rittman 2.00 

Robert Dean Graber, Rittman 25 

Harry Ebersole, Rittman 5.00 

Marie Winger, Wooster 1.50 

Mrs. Nora Swinehart, Wooster 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Steiner, Sterling 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mast, Sterling 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Steiner, Jr., Wooster 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Musser, Marshallville 1.00 

Mary Ellen Musser, Marshallville 1.00 

Ruth Musser, Marshallville 1.00 

Ruby Musser, Marshallville 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. King, Orrville 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Curie, Orrville 10.00 

General Offering 20.85 

Mrs. Delia Lehman, Marshallville 5.00 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


"What will they do when they come back?" That is the 
question that is upon the lips of very many people these days. 
Scarcely a radio program or magazine today that does not 
make some reference to this most pressing problem. Of course 
they have reference to the men and women who return to 
civilian life from the war fronts and are primarily concerned 
with the material occupations of these returned persons. 

But there is another phase of this problem that concerns 
the churches very vitally. That is the question, "What vsdll 
the former church workers do when they return?" The mate- 
rial question is far more easily answered than the spiritual 
one. Very few of the returning soldiers will be content to re- 
turn to the occupations in which they were engaged when 
they went away to war. They have received much specialized 
training and are equipped to do othex wprk than they were 
doing when called away to service in the army. They have 
been given an incentive to other work. They will be well 
fitted for this. And they will not be content until they have 
reached the goal which they, no doubt, have set for them- 

Now let us go over into the realm of the church work. 
Thousands of service stars adorn the service flags and thou- 
sands of names are found on service "Honor Rolls" in the 
churches of America. Out of this great list we may be able 
to select very many who were ardent workers in the Church 
when called away. But vdU they still be willing to step back 
into that service when they return ? The Lord's Day is almost 
meaningless to soldiers on the fighting front; the interests 
obtained in the months of "sweat, blood and tears" has cast 
a pall on the lives of these men and women. Many have for- 
gotten what it means to do "their bit" in the work of the 
church. When they come back they will find that others have 
taken up the work they were doing, and will they be willing 
to just let it be so, or will they seek to find another place 
for their service in the church? Well — that depends on two 
things. Our attitude when they return — whether we will make 
them realize that they are needed; and their attitude toward 
the church. Not one, but both of these will conspire either 
to set them at work again or alienate them from the church. 

We feel that even NOW we must be planning for places 
for these workers to get into the "harness" again just where 
they left off, and that they must be made to realize that they 
have been missed in their accustomed places. Plan now or 
lose later. 

Liberty cannot long exist without morality, nor wdll mor- 
ality endure in a land where the Bible is a closed book. The 
Bible enunciates and maintains the only possible principle on 
which a nation can enjoy civil liberty. — Will H. Houghton. 



Fishers of men 

Lh-. C. F. Yoder 

There is a way of winning souls which does not 
take one across the seas, or to the halls of learning, 
or away from daily duties, but it is efficacious and 
can be used by any child of God. It is the method of 
intercessory prayer. It is only supplementary, be- 
cause if one is gifted and called to go wherever 
needed, he should go as well as pray; if he cannot 
go he can pray, but if he cannot pray, neither should 
he go. Let us consider prayer. 

Jesus said, "Pray ye the Lord of the harvest that 
he may send forth laborers into his hai-vest." Mat- 
thew 9 :38. Here, in answer to true prayer, God has 
promised, not only to select the workers, but also to 
"thrust them forth." (R. V.) If we are willing to 
go, may He not remove our impediments and enable 
us' to go? But, if it is better to do so. He may use 
us on the intercessoiy home front and call others to 
the front lines. 

Harry Cassel was totally blind in his old age, yet 
he found his way every day to the auditorium of his 
church and kneeled down before the altar and prayed 
for one hour for pastors and missionaries. God only 
knows how many pastors and missionaries owe their 
call to those prayers. 

At a convention of the Y. M. C. A. at Lake Geneva, 
Wisconsin, years ago, I was with a little group in a 
• sunrise prayer meeting among the bushes of the 
camp. John R. Mott was to speak that day and make 
an appeal for student missionary volunteers. The 
leader of the prayer meeting of twenty-eight stu- 
dents suggested that we pray definitely that at least 
,as many volunteers should respond as there were 
members in that group. Imagine our thrill when the 
appeal was made that afternoon and just twenty- 
eight volunteers went forward ! 

But volunteers need to pray for themselves also, 
and others need to pray for them. Paul in his letters 
frequently asks for the prayers of the churches. 
Do they need the enduement of the Holy Spirit? God 
has promised to give that for the asking. Luke 11 :13. 
Do they need wisdom? Let them ask of God. James 
1:5. Do they lack in any way? Let them pray and 
trust the Lord who provides for us "far more abun- 

dantly than we are able to ask or even to think." 
Ephesians 3:20. 

The seventy were sent forth without purse or 
script, yet when they retured they testified that they 
had lacked nothing. Luke 10:4; 22:35. Can we not 
trust as well as they ? The China Inland Mission was 
founded on faith and hundreds of missionaries have (^ 
gone forth and have been supported in answer to 

Such work of faith is hindered by the weak breth- 
ren who do not believe in it because they do not ex- 
perience such faith nor understand it. But the strong 
should pray for the weak and bring them to the 
higher spiritual level where they too may share in 
prevailing prayer. In order to reach soul-winning 
goals we must begin with revivals backed by prayer. 
When Dr. Torrey was at the head of Moody Bible 
Institute the students were holding daily meetings 
to pray for world-wide revival. The closing meeting 
lasted all night and in it the conviction was felt by 
all that Torrey himself should go forth wherever 
God should call. That very week a call arrived from 
Australia. He went, and a revival began which re- 
sulted in eighteen thousand converts there and many 
thousands in other places as the revival wave went 
around the world. 

The prayers of the saved can reach the lost at 
any distance. Moody tells of a little girl, an invalid, 
who could not attend his meetings, but in her chair 
she made a list of forty of her friends who were not 
yet converted and prayed for them every day by 
name. Before that revival closed she crossed out 
every name one by one, for all had been converted. ^ 

Spurgeon was asked by a mother in London who 
had an unconverted son in Australia, to pray for 
him. She was a faithful member and had faith to 
pray. They prayed together and in due time came a 
letter fi-om the son, dated with the very date, telling 
how he and a companion were working together, 
when he suddenly asked his companion to excuse 
him. He felt a great conviction of sin and hastened 
apart to pray and there gave himself to God. 

Is it not wonderful that we may learn to work with 
God in prayer? 2 Corinthians 5:20. 

There are many great promises to stimulate our 
faith, but we must put our weak faith into practice 
or it will never grow strong. If we lack faith let us 
remember that faith itself is a gift of the Spirit, 1 
Corinthians 12:9, and that it also grows by study 

MARCH 3, 1945 


of the Word of God. R'omans 10 :17. Jesus did not use 
idle words in Mark 11:24, but if you are idle in 
prayer we will not rise to the condition implied in 
the promise. 

But faith without works is dead, and prayer with- 
out obedience is vain. "Whatsoever we ask we receive 
of him because we keep his commandments and do 
those things that are pleasing- in his sight." I John 
3 :22. 

And works without love are vain. 1 Corinthians 
13:1-3. Merely formal obedience is not true obedi- 
ence. God looks upon the heart and hears the prayer 
that rises from loving, obedient and trusting hearts. 
f) Let us lift up our eyes. 

Tfie Right to Make Mistakes 

Part III 
Dr. Charles A. Bame 

If it may seem that I was unjustly generous to 
those who make mistakes, I trust it shall not appear 
that I have somersaulted in this. One of the favorite 
proverbs of my father was, "He that knoweth to do 
good and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17. 
That is the theme of this last of this series. The 
writer of Hebrews (10:26) says, "If we sin wil- 
fully after that we have received the knowledge of 
the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for 
sins." And, "How much severer punishment think 
you will he be held to deserve who has trampled 
under foot the Son of God, has not regarded as holy 
that Covenant-blood with which he was set free from 
sin, and has insulted the Spirit from whom comes 
grace." Hebrews 10:26 (Weymouth) 

Once this text perplexed me. Now I take it as it 
f reads and am sure there is no other explanation, no 
apologetic interpretation. All must pay for sin in 
punishments or loss of rewards. When steps in wil- 
ful sin are taken with eyes open, the penalty is more 
severe ("sorer") than that meted out to the Old Tes- 
tament peoples. Who would want the risk of sinning 
against the Holy Spirit from whom comes grace ? The 
sad case of Esau is given as an example. He sought 
repentance diligently with tears." (Hebrews 12:29) 
and found it not. Irremediably, hopelessly aban- 
doned, a derelict on the ocean of God's mercy, was 
this ungodly son of Jacob, who sold a birthright for 
a mess of pottage. But the harlot and the drunkard 
and the miser get worse than nothing here and are 
worthless flotsam on the sea of life, only to get 
severer punishments in the life to come for their 

Cain knew about this as he cried out, "My punish- 
ment is greater than I can bear"; and "righteous 
Lot" doubtless led by his worldly wife who wished 
to "marry off" her daughters to the wealthy rather 
than the ones God had directed her to choose, led 
him to unending sorrow as he pitched his tents to- 
ward Sodom, the Hollywood of his day. The sad, 
filthy, sexy, disgusting tale of the consequences of 
that journey away from nobility, justice and godli- 
ness is much too foul to be recited here. Read it in 
the nineteenth chapter of Genesis. 

How surely did David discover and realize the 
consequences of "wilful sin." "The sword shall not 
depart from thy house" was the penalty Nathan 
meted out to this man with whom God had made an 
everlasting covenant, which He declared He would 
not break and which He had not broken. But begin- 
ning with that "judgment" the wife-stealing king 
began to pay and pay and pay. Read the whole story 
in the second book of Samuel — the treason and be- 
trayal by Absolom ; the rape of a daughter by a son ; 
the king fleeing to the woods in fear ; his death story, 
disgusting and shameful — all this and more came to 
the man who sinned "wilfully." 

Judas, whatever his motive was for betraying his 
Master, went out and hanged himself and falling 
down from that effort, his bowels gushed out as if a 
suicidal death was not enough of pay for his perfidy 
and transgression. Peter denied, but went out and 
wept bitterly for it and when, if tradition has it 
right, he learned that his death was to be by cruci- 
fixion, asked that it might be with his head down- 
ward that me might pay the penalty of his failures, 
mistakes and denials. 

Unpardonable sin, irreparable mistakes, irreduci- 
ble depravity wilfully condoned and practiced, all call 
for the wrath and vengeance of our God and will 
not be withheld. Romans 12 :19. "Oh, I know I ought, 
but I just do not" and "I can do anything once" or 
"I know I should not, but they all do it and so do I" 
are some of the most dangerous, flippant and dam- 
aging words that fall from the lips of the careless 
and blatant, both in the church and outside. They 
are so ridiculous that one shudders when one hears 
them because they are disastrous and ruinous. They 
give assurance of moral lapse, insincerity and eter- 
nal loss. 

"The wages of sin is death." "The soul that sin- 
neth, it shall die." Die to peace and happiness and 
joy; die to the favor and forgiveness of God; die to 
that better self one might have been. 

"Of all the words on tongue or pen, 
The saddest is : It might have been." 

The great Carlyle, sitting daily at the grave of his 
once unappreciated wife, moaning remorsefully, "Oh, 
if I only had known," is inexcusable because he 



might and should have known and appreciated hei' 
while she was yet alive. 

"Too late, too late" will be their cry; Jesus of Naz- 
areth has passed by" if we wait too long or if know- 
ing to do good we still persist in excusing ourselves 
for mistakes wilfully made. "There are the workers 
of iniquity fallen ; they are cast down and shall not 
be able to rise." Psalm 36:12. 

Thus it is clear that the mercy of the Lord is from 
everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. 
"Visiting iniquity unto the third and fourth gener- 
ations and showing mercy unto thousands (of gen- 
erations) of them that love him and keep his com- 
mandments." Exodus 20:5, 6. In the light of this 
visitation of wrath or mercy attached to the first two 

of the Ten Commandments — so early in the institu- 
tion of his will among his people — God made known 
his graciousness in the light of the common ignor- 
ance of his wayward children and also his severity 
against wilful rebellion and easy notions of sin. 

The seventy-eighth Psalm is the conclusion of the 
whole matter. Verses 19, 22, 32, 37, 40, 56, and 58 
are sentences of their provocations : the remainder, 
in the main, his sentences of judgment and suffer- 
ing for their unresisting surrender to sin and diso- 
bedience. "The wages of sin is death; the free gift 
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
The right to make mistakes carries enormous conse- 
quences, i^ 

Western Springs, 111. 

Fmancmg Ashland College 

President E. G. Mason 

The unpopularity of solicitors and collectors of 
money for any purpose is more or less well estab- 
lished. It was true in Biblical times and has contin- 
ued through the years. It seems to be the result of 
a conflict between two great human reactions, one 
selfish and the other unselfish. The selfish tendency 
is natural and is prompted by the desire to hold fast 
to one's hard-earned possessions. On the other hand, 
the philosophy of Christianity teaches us unselfish- 
ness; that is, that man must share his life and ser- 
vices with others. In short, Christianity teaches us 
to be unselfish and our own human natures prompt 
us to be selfish and selfishly guard and hold all of 
our possessions. Christian unselfishness has encour- 
aged man to build and maintain colleges as one of 
many Christian and charitable institutions, yet no 
man can afford to give all of his possessions away. 
That is extreme. Extreme unselfishness in practice is 
as unwise as extreme selfishness. We all need a 
measure of both and therein lies a conflict. A happy 
medium lies somewhere between the two extremes. 
Finding that happy medium is an individual prob- 
lem and in the last analysis each individual must de- 
cide how much of his income he can and ought to 
give to support Christian institutions as well as 
other needy causes. 

Christianity has taught men to sacrifice for the 
welfare of others in the social, religious, economic 
and even political fields. In the very beginning, faith, 
hope and charity were upheld as the great virtues 
in life, and they are just as important today. The 
practical application of these virtues through the 
years in the lives of Christian men and women has 

built cathedrals, churches, social organizations, hos- 
pitals, colleges and universities, missionary ventures, 
and even democratic governments. It has focused the 
attention of all men upon the needy and the unfor- 
tunate. It has prompted Christian men and women 
to build constructively for the welfare of human be- 
ings the world over. A dilenmia in which we find 
ourselves now is due largely to the war. War con- 
ditions now are making a heavy drain upon the abil- 
ity of people to give for the support of these estab- 
lished institutions and at the same time, the insti- 
tutions are more dependent than ever upon support. 
In addition, we dare not lose sight of the fact that 
war conditions have greatly increased the income of 
most classes of the people in this Country; thus the 
ability to give has been increased too, along with 
the increase of governmental demands in taxes and \_ 
bond purchases. 

In the tension of the times in which we live, Chris- 
tian people dare not forget that their established 
organizations and institutions depending upon them 
for support must not be neglected because the need 
for them is greater now than ever. The war has 
been brought about largely because our national lead- 
ers and citizenship in general have failed to apply 
the simple teachings of Jesus in their daily practices 
in business and in contacts between nations and for- 
eign peoples. Therefore, officials and statesmen must 
return to Christian ethics. Christian ideals and prin- 
ciples are needed more than ever in a war-torn world 
and more is expected and demanded of them now 
than ever before. Hence, they must not only be pre- 
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MARCH 3, 1945 


peace but be supported sufficiently to enable each to 
render its full contribution of service. Christianity 
in practice alone can save the world from chaos now 
and later in the post-war period. Any policy without 
Christian influence and guidance is bound to fail and 
therefore is inadequate. We firmly believe that the 
ends sought can be reached only through a program 
of Christian education. 

Specifically our College and Seminary occupies a 
very strategic position in the present crisis because 
it represents the educational machinery of the Breth- 
ren Church. It needs Brethren support now gi'eater 
than at any other time. The war effort has greatly 
f) affected our resources and will continue to affect 
them for a long time. Those responsible for the ad- 
ministration have seen the problem coming and have 
attempted to meet it. Two specific efforts have been 
launched to raise money to insure the stability of the 
College through the present critical war period and 
in the future, and perhaps more critical, post-war 
period. The first was the effort to raise $150,000.00 
as an Emergency Reserve Fund. To date, only about 
one-fifth of this amount is realized largely because 
of our inability to find an available man to conduct 
the campaign among the churches. We are all famil- 
iar with the man-power shortage existing, so this 
condition is easily understood. The Church can and 
should meet this goal fully. The second effort came 
through the Conference request for an Educational 
Day offering this year of $25,000. A little less than 
50% of this goal is reached as yet. We are grateful 
for the response, but our resources are lessened, 
therefore our efforts to plan an effective program 
for the future of the College and Seminary in rela- 
tion to the post-war period are severely handicapped. 

Some may say that financial support should be 
sought from non-Brethren sources, but the difficulty 
there is two-fold. First, non-Brethren givers are 
greatly influenced by what the Brethren Church 
I gives toward the support of its own College. They 
^ are more likely to give when the Church gives sub- 
stantial evidence of its own faith in the College. 
And second, heavy non-Brethren support is bound 
to result in partial loss of Brethren control; this is 
the history of the experience in other denominations. 
The fundamental responsibility for the support of 
Ashland College and Seminary rests with the Breth- 
ren Church if the Church is to maintain its control. 

The key to giving either for charitable purposes 
or for the payment of taxes is to do it the easiest 
way. The Federal Government recognizes this in the 
use of the withholding tax and in encouragement to 
purchase bonds. It is unethical to cash these bonds 
in order to buy more bonds as many are doing, but 
it is not unethical to transfer these bonds to some- 
one else. Bonds are easy to give, why not transfer 

them to the College in order to meet the goals men- 
tioned above? Practically everyone has purchased 
bonds and some doubt seems to exist concerning 
their ultimate value. Since individual members of 
our Church have them and they are paid for, they 
can be given easily. They are transferable now, but 
may soon be frozen, so why not give some of them 
to such a vital cause ? 

The procedure is simple. It can be accomplished 
by signing the transfer to Mr. A. Glenn Carpenter as 
Business Manager of the College. Many churches and 
colleges are now raising money in this way and the 
Brethren Church can do it too. The responsibility 
for Brethi'en institutions rests with the Brethren 
Church, and let us do our best to meet our financial 
goals in this crisis. All indications point toward the 
most difficult year in 1945-46. It can be done. Let's 
do it! 

further Educational Offering Report 


January 1, to February 15, 1945 

This is the second report on the Educational Day Offering 
for 1944. The goal was $25,000, and we have not yet reached 
the 507c mark. It was hoped that the goal would be reached; 
however, we are sincereJy appreciative of the amount re- 
ceived. It is nearly $7,000 higher than last year. The highest 
offering of all time, as far as our records reveal, was about 
$7,000. We are making progress, and we believe that we can 
do better another year. The books are open until June 10, so 
additional offerings and gifts may be sent in at any time. 

To the eleven churches that me,t their quotas, we extend 
our congratulations. We include too the list of 27 churches 
that met 50% or more of their quotas; they are urged to 
reach the full quota list next year. Some of these churches 
nearly reached the goal this year. 

Although we have earnestly tried to avoid making errors, 
if any are found, please report thean. 

Previously Reported $11,019.79 

Pennsylvania District 

Emma S. Fogel, Garret, Pa $ 25.00 

John A. Rishel, Pittsburgh, Pa 100.00 

Vinco 287.57 

$ 403.57 

South Eastern District 

Bethlehem Church $ 77.67 

Washington, D. C 114.00 

$ 191.67 

Mid-West District 
Falls City 109.75 109.75 

Ohio District 

Dayton, additional 10.00 10.00 



Indiana District 

Oakville, Additional 25.00 25.00 

Northern California District 
Manteca 100.00 100.00 

Total to date $11,859.78 

Churches Meeting Quota — Added 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Vinco, Pa. 

Churches Meetin,g 50% or more of Quota — Added 


Bethlehem S. E. District $ 77.67 $127.50 

Washington, D. C 114.00 123.00 

Dayton, Ohio 570.76 651.00 

Roann, Indiana 217.56 273.00 

Leading Churches — Revised iiist 
According to Amounts 

Bryan, Ohio was omitted from this list in the first report. 
Our apologies are offered humbly for unintentional omission. 

1. Ashland, Ohio* • $ 633.50 

2. Nappanee, Indiana! $567.00 

3. Milledgeville, Illinois* 550.90 

4. South Bend, Indianaf 535.05 

5. Dayton, Ohiof 520.76 

6. Hagerstown, Marylandf 507.50 

7. N. Manchester, Indiana* 460.00 

8. (Elkhart, Indiana 401.00 

9. Bryan, Ohiof 300.00 

10. Louisville, Ohiof 300.00 

11. Berlin, Pa.f 285.75 

12. Vinco, Pa.* 278.57 

13. Pittsburgh, Pa.* 274.66 

14. Smithville, Ohiof 271.85 

15. Goshen, Indiana 256.25 

16. Roann, Indianaf - 217.56 

17. Johnstown Third, Pa.f 209.88 %^ 

18. New Lebanon, Ohio 203.75 

19. Burlington, Indianaf 201.28 

20. Ardmore, Indiana* 200.08 

*Listed with Churches meeting their quotas. 

fListed with Churches meeting 50% or more of their quotas. 

E. G. Mason. 

Shall We Have a National Conscription Law? 

Dr. Raymond Bixler 

Dean of Ashland College 

The monarchs of 18th century Europe were served by hired 
mercenary armies, for Europe had riot yet arrived at the day 
of conscription. When the king of England sent troops to 
suppress the American Colonies, he even hired men from 
the little German states to do some of the fighting in Amer- 
ica; these troops were generally called Hessians. The first 
conscription in modern Europe came during the French rev- 
olutionary wars when France was faced with invasion by 
a coalition of European powers; it was used again by Na- 
poleon in his attempted conquest of Europe. After the war 
of 1871 when German and Italian unity was complete, con- 
scription was accepted everywhere by the great countries 
on the continent as necessary for their security. This policj 
was ejicouraged by the development of a group of neighbor- 
ing powerful national states, proud of their historic achieve- 
ments and determined to protect their interests as well as 
acquire more territory or valuable privileges if occasion 
should demand. 

The rapid industrialization of Europe also contributed to 
the conscription scheme. Industry provided adequate sup- 
plies of guns, clothing, and transportation; this made possible 
the equipment of great armies as never before in the history 
of the world. Universal conscription was the military scheme 
of Europe when World War I began in 1914. At the close of 
that war, the German army was reduced to 100,000 men, 
but the large armies continued elsewhere on the contineoiet. 
After extensive study by the League of Nations, a plan for 
general disarmaraenet was proposed, and a great conference 
assembled in Geneva in 1932 with the object of achieving re- 
duction of armaments. This conference failed principally 
because the great powers could not agree on the size of the 
army that each should have. The result was a rebuilding of 
the German army and the increase of armaments everywhere. 
The conscription plan has never been used in England except 
in time of war. In the United States there has been opposi- 
tion to large standing armies from the very beginning of 

our history. One of the grievances that was set forth in the 
Declaration of Independence was to the effect that the "king 
had maintained standing armies among us in time of peace." 
None of the members of the Constitutional Convention fa- 
vored a large standing army; there were some who favored 
a small federal army limited to 2,000 men. Nearly all of the 
States in ratifying the Constitution recorded their opposition 
to standing armies. For this reason, a small standing army v 
was provided for the national government. Some members 
of the Convention favored a federal militia, but the constitu- 
tion finally stated that the militia service should be reserved 
to the states with the President of the United States as com- 
mander-in-chief. The Federal Government reserved the power 
to organize, arm, and discipline the state militia, but the 
states were to appoint the officers and train the personnel. 
The power to declare war was placed in the hands of the 
Congress. Other evidence of the fear of armies is found in t 
the provision that the period for preparation for war could 
not extend beyond two years. The immigrant peoples who 
came to the United States during the next decades were, as 
a whole, very heartily in accord with the anti-militarism of 
the founders of our society. Many of these immigrants had 
come to this country to escape the military burdens of the 
continent of Europe, and so wei-e naturally opposed to stand- 
ing armies in America. 

During the American Civil War, men were conscripted, but 
the law was put in such a form as to be a calling forth of 
the state militia. In the conscription plan of the Civil war, 
an individual could escape military service by hiring a sub- 
stitute to take his place. Thus, the scheme was not as obsolete 
as it is in the world today. Our first really comprehensive law 
came with the draft law of 1917 to be followed by the Selec- 
tive Service Law of 1940. These laws, of course, were passed 
to be applied during a period of war only. Today, our people 
are considering the use of universal conscription in peace 
time. If a plan of this kind should be adopted, it would in- 

MARCH 3, 1945 

deed be a new departure from America's policy. For this 
reason, it should be fully discussed, and its advantages and 
disadvantages carefully weighed before we embark on what 
may well prove an be an extremely fateful course of action. 

Because the United States is located at a great distance 
from other powerful states, we have for many years consid- 
ered the Navy our first line of defense. Naval power in our 
time has been supplemented by a great air force. It seems 
likely that the navy and air force will continue to be our 
first line of defense. Even in a world where there are other 
great armed nations, it would seem that adequate prepara- 
tion in naval and air forces would provide the needed defense. 
When nations have a potent armed force, there is always the 
danger that, in seeking protection, they may be tempted to 
become aggressors. The experience of the great powers of 
Europe provides no evidence that strong armed forces will 
insure the peace. There is truth in the statement made by 
Calvin Coolidge a decade ago that preparation for war never 
kept any nation out of war, nor did it assure victory to any 
nation after it had entered a war. 

Another point that should be carefully considered is the 
fact that the techniques of warfare change rapidly; men who 
are trained for some future contingency, will soon find their 
training to be outmoded by the progress of the application 
of science to war. For that reason, a standing army will not 
necessarily insure a trained army. We are resolving in this 
war that the forces of the enemy are to be destroyed; the 
question should then be pondered as to why we ourselves 
should maintain an overwhelming army. If we distrust our 
allies to this extent, then there is small possibility of a last- 
ing peace. Organization for the maintenance of peace is futile 
if nations cannot build up a common confidence; armed forces 
have always tended to create fear, suspicion, and lack of 
confidence. It is commonly recognized that peace and great 
armaments are incompatible; both Mr. Wilson's 14 points 
and the Atlantic Charter have provided for reduction of 
armaments as a part of the plan for the maintenance of peace. 
If we start the post-war world with a plan for excessive arma- 
ments, we sabotage peace from the start. 

Excessive armaments build up a vested interest in war de- 
partments; leaders in that section of the national govern- 
ment will continually demand more and more money because 
it becomes a special interest involving lucrative jobs and all 
of the other advantages of office. It would tend to lead to 
another special class wath special interests to be served. If 
we were to set up a great military system with conscription 
for one year, there would soon be pressure for two years, and 
so the accumulation would continue; this tendency has been 
well demonstrated in the experience of the continent of 

We are living in a day when the economic effects of debt 
are too largely ignored. Our national debt has become bur- 
densome, and in the days ahead, there is danger that it may 
be found excessively heavy. When we consider that the United 
States will find it necessary to retain a two-ocean navy and 
a giant air force, it becomes obvious that to add to this bur- 
den the maintenance of a huge army can only result in a 
greatly lowered standard of living for all of us and an in- 
crease in social distress. The better world of tomorow must 
lead toward greater expenditure of money for the things 
that bring greater social well-being rather than for the cre- 
ation of commodities that provide for the destruction of men 
and property. 

Another extremely important question that should be con- 
sidered is whether the effect of a conscription scheme upon 
the sons of America would be desirable either in a Chris- 
tian civilization or in a democracy. It is well known that men 
in the armed forces are indoctrinated with ideas which the 


system demands; there liave been many times when the army 
has indoctrinated with points of view that are hardly in ac- 
cordance with social progress. The entire philosophy that 
would be taught to the young manhood of the nation would 
tend to increase hostility toward other peoples and build up 
a moral justification for war. I think that we will all agree 
that in a democracy, young people should be taught to think 
individually; they should be able to weigh the evidence on 
both sides of a question and then decide what is desirable. In 
a great armed force, men are taught to obey rather than to 
think. During the time a boy is in the armed forces, his lib- 
erty as an individual is, of course, greatly curtailed. Con- 
scription infringes on religious liberty as well as personal 
liberty, for it forces individuals who are out of sympathy • 
with military training to give that service or to be subjected 
to social pressures that tend to force them to conform in 
spite of their religious cojivictions. It seems unjustifiable, too, 
for society to take a year of time from the life of a young 
man for a service that will not contribute greatly to the 
furthering of his ambitions in civil life after leaving the ser- 

There are some who have argued the advantage of army 
discipline; but, time and again, experience has shown that 
this outward forced conformity will not change the individ- 
ual. It leads him to search for ways of avoiding the rules. 
Our experience with 0. P. A. regulations illustrates the fact 
that unless people have convictions of the desirability of 
regulations, they will not live in accordance with them. I 
have frequently observed that college students coming from 
homes that have been over-zealous in control of social con- 
duct, very commonly tend toward the opposite extreme when 
those restraints are removed. There is little evidence to show 
that the veterans of World War I have been better citizens 
by reason of their experience, and I dare say we will have 
the same feeling about the veterans of World War II. Dis- 
cipline is effective only when it changes the inner man; to 
compel a person merely to conform outwardly to regulations 
will not bring about a change. 

There are some who believe that a conscripted army should 
provide educational facilities for young men. It is certainly 
true, however, that our public school system is far better 
supplied with qualified teachers and equipment for this work 
than the armed forces. The opportunities offered by our 
public school system could be and should be extended so that 
teaching by the armed forces would become unnecessary. 

Some have argued that military training would bring about 
a healthier nation. Even if we had universal service for all 
boys at IS years of age, we would still have the problem of 
those boys who did not pass the military examinations and 
also the young women of our Nation. Medical attention needed 
by the individual should come much earlier in life; the army 
medical service in any case could only be remedial. Defective 
teeth or other difficulties that are corrected by the army 
should be taken care of by medical attention given through the 
public schools very much earlier; public schools would have 
the added advantage of being able to reach every boy and 
girl rather than merely a particular group. 

After careful examination, it would seem that the advan- 
tages of military training to the individual citizen have been 
greatly exaggerated. Experience would soon make it evident 
that the claims of military training are unrealizable. When 
we consider the traditions and experience of our people with 
military training, the small amount of evidence existing to 
prove its necessity, the strong elements of undesirability in 
its effect upon our i-elations with other peoples, and its effects 
upon our own boys, it seems highly improbable that our peo- 
ple would benefit from a scheme of universal military train- 



National Goals Program 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, Chairman 

(Second Year) 


Rev. J. G. Dodds 

, As chairman of the Goals Committee, I have been 
anticipating that various articles would appear in 
The Brethren Evangelist, written by interested peo- 
ple from all parts of the Brotherhood. I know from 
conversation with ministers and lay people that the 
GOALS PROGRAM contains items of interest to all 
the membership of the Brethren Church. Perhaps 
this is an item for intercessory prayer, unto the 
deepening of the Spiritual Life and the arousing of 
Christian activity and interest of the entire Brother- 
hood of the Brethren membership. 

To help get the viewpoint of the Brethren Laity, 
I requested the Prayer IMeeting Committee of the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church, to write brief ar- 
ticles on Item 1 of Goal II : "An Intercessory Prayer 
Group in every church." The three articles that fol- 
low are the result. 


Jesus loved to pray; sometimes praying was His way of 
resting. He prayed so much and so often that we know that 
prayer was a constant practice of His life. If it was neces- 
sary for Jesus to pray on all occasions, He being without 
sin, how much more necessary for us as Christians, who are 
not without sin, to pray! The greatest thing one can do for 
God and man is to pray. It is not the only thing but the chief 
thing. We need to pray always. Yes, we need an intercessory 
prayer group in every church. 

The word "intercession" implies a reaching out for some 
one else, interceding through prayer to God for others. Com- 
munion and fellowship with God, and petition for our own 
needs are necessary. But what is more needful and helpful 
to the spiritual life of the church and the saving of souls, 
is to have a large group of Christians in every church forget- 
ting self and interceding through prayer for the salvation of 
others. May more Christians in every church be interested in 
the intercessory prayer group. 

Mrs. Maude Rutt. 


The labor of prayer requires a definite plan and purpose. 
Intercessory prayer involves much striving on our part, there- 
fore, it requires time. No one will be able to pray thus, ex- 
cept those who are willing to sacrifice time to do it. This 
alone is enough to make it clear to us that the work of in- 
tercession can be done by only those who are willing in 

Nothing is so blessed as humble, quiet, unbroken communi- 
cation with our Lord. The consciousness of the Lord's near- 
ness which then fills our soul is greater than any peace, joy, 
inner satisfaction, or security which we have ever known. 
Prayer is something deeper than words, and abides in the 

soul after the last word has passed our lips. The powers 
of heaven are at our disposal. Have we made proper contact 
with these powers ? 

Let the devotional attitude of holy passivity open the doors 
of the soul leading into the realm of eternal things. Since 
intercessory prayer is such a fine and difficult art, it is not 
at all remarkable that it should require a long and rigorous 
period of training. Let us become better acquainted, and per- 
severe humbly, in the holy realm of prayer. 

Mrs. John C. Weigley. 


While thinking upon this subject, I began to wonder why 
the prayer meeting is not more popular and better attended in 
our churches today. The great difficulty seems to be, to get ^ 
believers to pray. Ihose who are given to secret prayer always (( 
get a great inspiration from collective prayer with their 

Of course, there is little about a prayer meeting to attract 
worldly minded believers. The lack of interest, sometimes 
shown, is perhaps because we fail to recognize the need in 
our own personal lives, in our ovra church, and in the com- 
munity in which we live. Every believer should pray for 
others; as long as we pray only for ourselves, the promises 
of the Last Night must remain as a closed book to us. Those 
promises ai'e made to the fruit bearing branches — the men 
and women who have given their lives to Christ for Him to 
use to save lost and perishing souls. So let us, each one, find 
what our work is — the souls that are for our special prayers 
— and let us make the intercession for them our life of fel- 
lowship with God. Then we shall truly know the power of 
prayer, and the joy of seeing the lost won to Christ. 

I sometimes think we lack faith and are not willing to go 
all the way. Jesus said, "If ye abide in me and my words 
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done 
unto you." (John 15:7). Abiding in Him is a Uving union 
with Him in which man is nothing and Christ is all. (Gal. 
2:20). If we abide in Him, live and do all things in His name, 
and bring each petition — tested by His Word and Spirit — 
to Jesus, and we vvdll have confidence that the prayer will 
be answered. 

It is to the intercession of our Blessed Lord Jesus that we 
owe everything. Therefore, we should be active partners and 
co-workers with Him. WHEN shall we awaken and unite 
in intercessory prayer groups to plead with God for the sal- 
vation of perishing souls? WHEN shall we shake off the pre- /- 
tence of humility, and yield ourselves wholly to God's Spirit ? m 
When we do this, then He will fill our lives with Light and 
power to seek and save th« lost. 

Mrs. D; L. Miller. 

The chairman of the Goals Committee would ap- 
preciate letters from pastors and lay workers con- 
cerning the developing of Prayer Life within the 
various congregations ; also, information about prog- 
ress of development along lines suggested by any 
other of the National Goals. 

"It is not struggling, but standing; not trying, but trust- 
ing; not apprehension, but appropriation; not fear, but faith; 
not reasoning, but reckoning; not despondency, but dependen- 
cy — these make the effective Christian." 

God alone can transform our testing, torturing thorns into 
triumphal experiences of grace and glory. 

MARCH 3, 1945 



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Vice President 

General Secretary 

DR L E LINDOWER- Educational Director 


Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

The original plan and design of the Sunday School 
was quite simple and had but one primary objective, 
namely, to reach and teach boys and girls the Word 
of God in preparation for their confession of Christ 
as their Lord and Savior. I recently attended a Chris- 
tian Mission to Teachers that had as its theme, 
"Evangelism." It seemed that many had come desir- 
ing to learn of s.ome new thing, like the Greeks of 
Paul's day. But out of that conference of teachers 
and preachers we, for the most part, only rediscov- 
ered those things that had been forgotten or laid 
aside and which are basic in Sunday School work, 
namely: the faithful teaching of the Bible for the 
purpose of winning boys and girls to Christ and 
teaching to live for Him. It is true there are new 
methods and new tools, but these, if they have any 
value, must conform to the major objective. 

The Sunday School soon enlarged its plan and use- 
fulness to include every age group and thus was 
brought into existence the adult division, which is 
divided, in the larger schools, into the various de- 
partments and which, in the very small school, con- 
sists of the familiar Bible Class. It would seem 
strange indeed to attend a Sunday School that did 
not have a class of "grown ups"; but it would be 
even a stranger thing to see all the parents of the 
Sunday School children, their grandparents, uncles, 
aunts and all the others in their respective classes. 

There is nothing more inspiring than to visit a 
Sunday School that has an active adult department 
with large classes of men and women actively inter- 

ested in the study of the Bible. And who can esti- 
mate the influence such a department must have on 
the children of the other divisions? 

We often hear the question in one form or an- 
other, "Why should men and women go to Sunday 
School?" or the statement: "Sunday School is for 
kids." Again we meet with this: "I am too old to 
learn." Well we might be too old to masticate our 
food properly too, but we never get too old to get 
hungry nor too old to need food. This is true of our 
need of feeding upon the Word as we sit in the Sun- 
day School class on Sunday morning. We have often 
heard the comment by interested class members: "I 
get more out of the Sunday School lesson than I do 
out of the sermon." This is no particular slam at 
the preacher, but is a high compliment to that Sun- 
day School teacher. 

Having noted the chief objectives of the children 
and youth divisions we shall next consider the ob- 
jectives of the adult department. These are not the 
same in some particulars. It is true that some adults 
are reached for Christ through the Sunday School 
class but the proportion is much smaller. The more 
important objective is to teach those who have been 
reached by other evangelistic methods. Perhaps it 
is safe to say that the average adult member of our 
Churches is poorly versed in the teachings of the 
Bible and the Adult Sunday School class fills that 
need. It affords him the opportunity to ask ques- 
tions and a place to bring his personal problems (to 
some degree) for discussion. The class period gives 



him the opportunity for self-expression. There is the 
class fellowship and social contacts that have their 
value in the Christian's life. There are other values 
which we shall not mention here but we conclude 
that teaching the Word of God is of greatest impor- 

Having endeavored to show that the Adult Divi- 
sion of the Sunday School has a real purpose and 
fills a vital need I shall ventui-e to say that we have 
not always given to it the important place it de- 
serves. May I suggest that every general superin- 
tendent check over his adult division and see if there 
is the same degree of efficiency there that he finds 
in his other departments : good teachers, proper class 
divisions, good materials and class rooms. If there is 
need for improvement let us discover what it is and 
proceed to make the adjustment that we might have 
a well balanced Sunday School organization that 
will meet the spiritual needs of every age gi'oup from 
the cradle I'oll to the great grandmothers. 

Falls City, Nebraska. 

Up-to-date Books for Your 
Sunday School Library 

(Compiled from the I'. S. Catalog of Books Published.) 
On file in Ashland College Library 

1940— BOOKS 

Sunday Schools 

Barton, H. E. Superintendent's guide for 1940 leatherette 

35c 1939 Am. S. S. Union. 
Brewer, C. H. Later Episcopal Sunday Schools. $1.50 1939 

Fife, E. H. Building a successful Men's Bible Class pa. 25c 

1940. Standard Pub. 
Paulsen, L H. Church School and Worship. $1.75 1940 Mac- 

Millan, $2.00 (Toronto) 
E.\ercises, recitations, etc. 

Meynell, I. C. Harvest pa 6d Epworth. '; '■ 

Hymn and service books 
Street, D. W. Prayers and praise for pi-imary worship, pa. Is 

3d Ludgate circus house. 
Intermediate department 

Desjardius, L. Teaching intermediates, pa 40c 1940 Am. Bapt. 
Deut. D. H. ed. Growing up in God's family, pa 3s 1940 

Nat. soc. 
Pickering, H. ed. Head, heart and hand. $1.25 1939 Zonder- 

van, 2s Pickering. 
Primary department 

Lewis, H. A. Primary church school 2d ed. $1.10 Christian bd. 
Cober, K. L. and Strickei-, E. Teaching seniors, pa 40c 1940 

Am. Bapt. 
Howse, W. L. Teaching young people in the Sunday School. 

60e pa 40c 1939 Baptist S. S. bd. 

McLester, F. C. Teaching in the church school, pa. 60c 1940 
Cokesbury Press. , 

Olson, 0. S. Methods of teaching in the church school. 75c, 
pa. 40c 1940 Augustana. 

Children — Reli,gion 

Harrell, C. J. Methodist Child's Membership Manual, pa. 10c 
1940 Methodist bk. 

Hoh, P. J. Two Minutes with God. $1.50 1940 Cokesbury Press. 

Martin, E. comp. Children's offering in Lent, pa 15 1940 
S. P. C. K. 

Murray, W. D. Bible and the child, pa 25c 1940 Assn. Press 

Skinner, C. A. Boy's right to religion Is pa 4d 1940 Epworth. 

Religious Education 

Barclay, W. C. Church and a Christian society. $3.50 1939 

Browne-Wilkiuson, A. R. Religious and moral training of m^ 
cliildren. pa Is 1940 S. P. C. K. 

Bugbee, L. H. Preparatory lessons for church membership. 
rev. ed. pa. 25c 1940 Meth. Pub house. 

Burgess, N. V. Trail of everyday living. $1.00. 1932 Presby- 
terian bd. (corr price) 

Chave, E. J. Measure religion, pa $1.00 1939 Univ. of Chi- 
cago bk store. 

Gillet, E. L. At worth with children in tha small church, pa. 
40c 1940 Am. Bapt. 

Kuehnert, T. Directing the learner. 25c 1939 Concordia. 

McRae, G. Teaching youth in the church, pa 30c 1940 Chris- 
tian bd. 

Parmilu, A. Building the kingdom, pa 70c 1940 Morehouse. 

Pickering, H. ed. Through the eye to the heart. $1.25 Zon- 
de.i-van. 2s 1936 Pickering. 

Simmonds, L. Framework of faith. $2.50 (8s 6d) 1939 Long- 
maus, $2.75 (Toronto). 

Sinis- Williams, M. By action and debate, pa 25, work papers 
pa 6d. 1940 S. P. C. K. 

Thomas, J. E. & M. W. Susannah's sanctuary. $1.00 1939 
J. E. Thomas, Hennepin Av. Church Minneapolis. 

International Sunday School lessons 

Higley's Sunday School lesson commentary, for 1940-41. 20 
ea $1.00 1940 Higley press, Butler, Ind. 

Lesson commentary for Sunday Schools, 1941. $1.75 1940 
United Lutheran pub. 

Moore, H. C. ed. Paints for emphasis, 1940. leatherette 35; 
1939 Baptist S. S. Bd. 

Snowdew, J. H. Sunday School lessons, 1941. $1.50 1940 
MacMillan; $1.75 (Toronto). 

Torrey, R. A. Gist of the lesson, leatherette 35c 1940 Revell. C 

American Sunday School Union (Union Press) 1816 Chest- 
nut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Morehouse-Gorham Copmany, Inc., 14 E. 41st St. New York, 
N. Y. 

The Standard Publishing Company, 640 W. 8th St., Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. 

Epworth Press, 25-35 City Road, London. (Canadian Agent) 
Upper Canada Tract Soc, 406 Younge St., Toronto. 

American Baptist Publication Society (The Judson Press), 
1701-1703 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa., 72 E. Randolph 
St., Chicago, 111. 

Zondervan Publishing House, 813-815 Franklin St., S. iE., 
Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Christian Board of Publication (Bethany Press), 2700 Pine 
St., St. Louis, Mo. 

Baptist Sunday School Board, 161 8th Ave. N. Nashville, 

MARCH 3, 1945 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the latcrnational Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for March 11, 1945 


Scripture: Col. 3:1.5-17 

For The Leader 

In last week's discussion we learned something of private 
prayer, and its value to the Christian. This week we are to 
discuss the value of the church service to the young Chris- 
M) tian. Perhaps we have heard some people argue that they 
can be as good a Christian at home as if they attended the 
church services. Also, that they can hear as good, or even 
better sermons over the radio than they can by going to 
church. God certainly had something in mind when he gave 
the immortal words, "Not forsaking the assembling of your- 
selves together." To find out what He had in mind is our 
purpose tonight. Few of us will dare say that we have gone 
to church and gained nothing from it. But if such was the 
case then we had better look to our own heart. The church 
service is designed for our spiritual benefit. It is our privi- 
lege to attend. 


to which we desire to be in God's house, and to take part in 
the worship shows just what we think of our own precious 
soul. For in the services, our spiritual strength is renewed; 
our desire for fellowship is satisfied; and our soul grows and 
thrives. If we \villingly stay away from church it shows that 
we don't care much about the condition of our soul. We have 
observed that the downfall of the Christian usually begins 
when that person quits coming to church. 

conceited person who thinks he can be as good a Christian 
without attending church we say that such is not possible. 
In cases of sickness or essential work, there are allowances 
made. But the healthy individual who favors radio programs 
ahead of attending his own church services, is definitely on 
the dead end track. More often than not, he is too lazy to 
even get up and turn on the radio on Sunday mornings. 

1^ He misses most the blessing of Christian fellowship. 

" God's people meet in His house. A Christian who meets other 
Christions in church is a better Christian when he leaves. If 
there were no other reasons, this alone would be enough to 
bring every sincere Christian to the place of worship. 

3. IT BRINGS A NEARNESS TO GOD. The main objec- 
tive of a church service should be to bring the people to a 
stronger understanding that God is near. Unless the attend- 
ants feel that the presence of God is right with them, the 
value of the service is lost. We must feel that when we go 
to church, we are meeting in the. very sacred presence of God. 
We should look forward to this, expect it, and be reverent 
before Him. By our singing together, praying together, lis- 
tening together, we cannot help but feel that God is ever 
near. Thus our faith is made stronger, our task made easier, 
and our souls strengthened for the work of another week. 

3. THE MORE WE GO. It stands to reason that the more 
we go, the stronger we shall be. When we are in church ser- 
vices, in the right spirit of reception, our whole spiritual 
life is made stronger. We would not say that a person who 

attends all of the church services is a better Christian than 
one who attends but once a week, but we do know that every 
chance we have of gaining spiritual knowledge helps just 
that much. A great many of our Brethren Churches offer a 
a variety of services to meet the dejnands of the soul. Morn- 
ing and evening services on Sunday; Mid-week services; 
Woman's missionary; Sisterhood; Brotherhood and Laymen 
meetings. It stands to reason that Christians of our Denomi- 
nation can find one or more of these hours suitable to them. 
If we must work on Sunday mornings, for instance, we per- 
haps can attend young people's meeting and evening Church. 
Or if we are working all day Sunday, we can attend on Wed- 
nesday evenings. The true Christian will find his place in the 
services of God's house. 

been discussed in times past, but a review will never hurt 
us. Our organ or piano prelude should be a call to worship 
for us. It should bring to us the recognition of God's pres- 
ence. A reverence and quietness on our part is a tremendous 
help to us and to others. After all, we are in God's presence. 
Our proper attitude should be one of complete humiliation 
and adoration. What right have we to talk, chatter, laugh 
or gape when the music calls us to the worship of God ? When 
we feel that God is at our side, then we are ready for His 
message for our hearts, 

In the singing of songs we are praising Him. No voice, no 
music, no choir on earth has the power or ability to rightly 
sing the songs of praise which we would offer to our God. 
But with the voices we do have, we should praise His name. 
How glad our hearts should be when the strains of a famil- 
iar hymn reaches our mortal ears. Then we should also add 
our voice to the others in praise of the. great and eternal God. 

5. IT FURTHER HELPS ME. The word of God is to dwell 
in us richly. Watch carefully next Sunday when your 
minister reads the scripture lesson. How many people 
that you can see, are not even listening. How many 
are trying to carry on a secret conversation? If he 
announces the location of the scripture before hand, can you 
tell where it was found after he is done ? Yet it is God's Holy 
and Sacred Word that he is reading to us. In prayer, not 
even the minister can tell how many people have their eyes 
open, but all should be shut. For in public prayer, the min- 
ister presents us as a congregation before the Throne of 
Grace, in penitence, and praise and petition. How terrible, 
then, if we aren't in the spirit of prayer at the time. Think 
what we lose. 

isters will agree that very little complaint comes to his ears 
about what he preaches, except from those who had a guilty 
conscience. A good preacher does not pick out individuals and 
preach at them. He gives out the Word of God, leaving the 
Spirit do the work of applying it to needy hearts. If we have 
been made a little "sore" at what the preacher had to say, 
look real close and see if there wasn't something that jneeded 
correcting in our life. The Minister is God's ordained servant 
placed in our midst for the purpose of helping us spiritually. 
Thus if we listen closely to what he has to say, we shall be 
a better Christian for it. 


1. Why do we go to Church? 

2. Does your church have enough services for you, too 
many, or not enough ? 

3. How would you change your church services so that they 
will be more helpful to you ? 

4. What was Jesus' custom in regards to the church serv- 
ices ? Luke 4:16. 

5. What is the proper attitude in church worship? Ecc. 5:1. 





Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 




Bishop Hamline said to a boy: 

"When you are in trouble, my boy, Icneel down and ask 
God's help; but never climb over the fence into the Devil's 
ground, and then kneel down and ask for help. Pray from 
God's side of the feaice." 

A pastor visiting a large establishment, saw a book or 
file on the table, on which a large number of particular sort 
of letters were thrust. He was told that they were appeals 
for aid. 

"Arid do you answej- them all?" he asked the benevolent 

"A very few of them," he replied; "the rest are not of a 
sort that I can take up." 

Heaven's counting chamber has a good many petitions, 
likewise put aside. They do not comply with the conditions. 
One of these, very essential, is: "If I regard iniquity in my 
heart, the Lord will not hear me." Mark God's terms of pe- 
tition, and then pray. 


I John 3:8 

is the great accuser or slanderer as the record of Job, chap- 
ters one and two, shows. Read John 13:2; Rev. 2:10; 12:9, 12; 
20:2, 10. "The devil sinneth from the beginning" of sin. For 
he was the first sinner and never ceased to sin. He fell 
through the sin of pride (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:17). And for 
this sin there is no excuse or justification (Prov. 16:18). He 
had an unholy, ambitious spirit. Originally he was perfect 
(Ezek. 28:15). From the description given him by the prophet 
Ezekiel (Ezek. 28:12-14), he was an high and exalted angel, 
a masterpiece of wisdom and beauty before he fell. He was 
probably the chorister of the heavenly angelic host in song. 
He was a cherub, and in the earthly sanctuary, the cherubim 
overshadowed the mercy-seat (Ex. 25:16-22). Besides the 
human family Satan caused angels to sin (2 Pet. 2:4; Matt. 
25:41). "He deceiveth the whole world" (Rev. 12:9). He is a 
"murdere.r" and a "liar" (John 8:44). A lie is a twin brother 
to murder. Satan deceived our first parents into sin, and 
"the wages of sin is death." In Genesis 3 we learn the effects 
of sin: the changed state of woman (v. 16), the earth was 
cursed (v. 17), the inevitable sorrow of life (v. 17), burden- 
some labor (v. 18, 19), physical death (v. 19). . 

II THE DEVIL'S KIN FOLK. Whoever sins is akin to the 
devil, is morally his offspring (John 8:44). There are but two 
kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the evil 
one, and man cannot find or make a third domain; if he is 
not in the one he is in the othej- (Rom. 6:16). John 8:44 de- 
notes the personal existence of the devil. If he is not per- 
sonal, neither is Christ. Why should one be personal and not 
the othej-? We are either God's children or we are the devil's 
children. How very serious a matter sin is! "He that doeth 
sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning." 
Sin connects with an e.vil source. It is Satan's thought to 
baffle God, to destroy human happiness. The culmination of 

his efforts to gain control of humanity will be a counterfeit 
of the incarnation of the Son of God in the person of the 
Anti-Christ (2 Thess. 2:3, 8; Psa. 10:18; Rev. 13:4, 14, 18). 

DEVIL. "For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, 
that He, might destroy the works of the devil." By the mani- 
festation of the Light (John 1:5) the darkness is scattered 
and destroyed. By removing our sins Christ destroys the 
devil's works (John 3:16), and will also destroy the devil 
(Heb. 2:14). Our sins are the evil one's works. "How mani- 
fold arei the forces employed against sin." A Law to condemn 
it, a Saviour to redeem from it, a Spirit to destroy it, a 
Gospel to testify against it, a whole family of new-born 
sons to be living witnesses of His deliverance from its power. 
How blessed to be numbered among the forces which God 
would bring to bear against sin!" 

Of Great Importance To 
Your Graded School 

Dear Friends: 

Doubtless you have noticed that there are but twelve Sun- 
days in the First Quarter, 1945, consisting of the months 
of January, February and March, while there are fourteen 
Sundays in the Third Quarter, 1945, which quarter includes, 
the months of July, August and September. The two other 
quarters have thirteen Sundays each, which makes a total 
of fifty-two for the year. The irregularity in the First and 
Third Quarters does not occur very often. 

Fifty-two lessons have been outlined for each year of the 
Closely Graded Lesson Series for each department. As the 
Closely Graded Lessons do not change from year to year, 
the Pupils' and Teachers' quarterlies are printed from plates 
arranged for thirteen Sundays to each quarter. The cost 
would be prohibitive to change this set-up so that the quar- 
terlies for the January Quarter would contain twelve lessons 
only arid the quarterlies for the July Quarter fourteen lessons. 

However, with a reasonable amount of care on the part 
of the teachers your school will have no difficulty. As there 
are but twelve Sundays in the January Quarter and thirteen 
lessons in the quarterlies for that quarter you will readily 
see that the thirteenth lesson in the January Quarter quar- 
terlies will be the lesson that would ordinarily be used on , 
the first Sunday in the April Quarter. Thus, teachers and '%. 
pupils are to use their January Quarter quarterlies for the 
first Sunday in the April Quarter. 

Beginning with the second Sunday in the April Quarter, 
teachers and pupils will use their new quarterlies starting 
with the first lesson in them. Thus, they will use but twelve 
of the lessons in the April Quarterlies throughout the re- 
mainder of April, May and June. As a consequence, the last 
lesson in the April Quarter quarterlies will naturally be used 
on the first Sunday in the July Quarter. 

Kindly remembej- that the July Quarter contains fourteen 
Sundays, therefore, the quarterlies intended for use during 
July, August and September, which contain thirteen lessons, 
will give lesson material for all of the July Quarter starting 
with the second Sunday in July. Of course, you have used the 
last lesson in your April Quarter quarterlies for the first 
Sunday in July. 

It is of extreme importance that this plan be followed by 
every teacher and pupil in classes where the Closely Graded 

MARCH 3, 1945 


Sunday school Lessons are used. If this irregularity and the 
plan to overcome it is not carefully explained to all con- 
cerned, especially the teachers, they will be complaining to 
the officers of the school that the quarterlies they have don't 
have the correct number of lessons. We feel certain that you 
will co-operate with us by having a conference with all of the 
teachers whose classes study the Closely Graded Lessons be- 
for the January Quarter ends so that a thorough understand- 
ing of the situation can be had by all. 

Cordially yours, 
The Brethren Publishing Co. 



The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E. 

Brethren C. E Union Pays Honor 
to Sixteen Members 


Sixteen members of the Cambria County Brethren Chris- 
tian Endeavor Association were given recognition for observ- 
ing the quiet hour daily during the past year at the quarterly 
meeteing on February 7th, at the Third Brethren Church. 
Pins will be presented later to Mr. and Mrs. John Golby, Mr. 
and Mrs. Ray Pheasant, Ollie Teeter, Mrs. Harold Benshoff, 
Mrs. Clara Smith, Esther Grumbling, Emma Jean Blough, 
Pauline Evans, Barbara Lou Arehart and Glenn Grumbling, 
all of the Third Brethren Church; Mrs. George H. Jones and 
Charles Gilbert of the Second Brethren Church, and Mr. and 
Mrs. George Leidy of the Vinco church. 

President Walter C. Wertz appointed Betty Knauer, Elmer 
Hostetler and James L. Barkhymer as members of a com- 
mittee to study arid make recommejidations for the presenta- 
tion of picture awards at the quarterly meetings. The large 
picture award entitled "Peace Be Unto You" was presented 
the Third Brethren Intermediate C. E. Societey. Announce- 
ment was made that Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Wertz have do- 
nated the picture awards during the past two years. 

Ebner Hostetler was appointed extension superintendent. 
Floyd Benshoff reported that the four boxes of Christmas 
gifts sent to the Kentucky mission were distributed to every 

-.^student and to every member of the Sunday schools. 

^ Mrs. Ralph Berkeybile addressed the union with a picture 
study of "Christ and the Rich Young Ruler." During her 


The demands upon educational service during war 
time and post-war reconstruction are constantly in- 
creasing. The colleges and universities are attempt- 
ing to meet them, but are handicapped by lack of 
funds. Ashland College and Seminary faces the same 
problem. Its capacity to render service depends great- 
ly upon Brethren support. Our campaign and Educa- 
tional Day ,goaIs have not been met. Have you ever 
thought of the ease with which you may give some 
of your bond holdings? Read the article, "Financing 
Ashland College and Seminary" on another page; it 
tells you how tio transfer the bonds. 

talk she compared the two pictures of Clemenz and Hoffman. 
James L. Barkhymer and Mrs. Fred Reitler directed devo- 
tions and Mrs. Chester F. Zimmennan, chorister, led group 
singing. Floyd Benshoff headed the committee on entertain- 
ment and refreshments. The next meeting will be held on 
May 1 at the Vinco Brethren Church — Johnstown Tribune. 


A Care-taker for the Hotel at, Shipshewana Breth- 
ren Retreat, Shipshewana Lake, Indiana. If you would 
desire such a position for the coming season or know 
of someone who would, please get in touch with any 
of the following: 

Mrs. U. J. -Shively, 
Nappanee, Indiana 

Mr. Charles Colip, 
112 W. Wayne Street, 
South Bend, Indiana 

Mr. Clarence Cripe, 
R. R. 1, 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

Running people downi is bad business whether you are a 
motorist or a gossip. 



News From Our 



February 4-18 ' ' 

Rev. Claud Studebaker held us a splendid revival meeting 
and we are very grateful for his outstanding messages, unique 
Scripture readings, gracious personality, and willingness to 
call and be of every possible help. We shall not soon forget 
his stay among us and feel that his presence helped the 
church in many ways, especially during the crisis which faced 
us, and is facing us, in the tragic loss of our church building 
during the services. 

We transferred our meetings to the United Brethren Church 
at the gracious invitation of its pastor. Rev. Bright. Five 
other churches offered us the use of their buildings, as well 
as the Nappanee Community Building Trustees, and the 
American Legion. We finally decided to use the Community 
Building. It is very large, and many things are inconvenient; 
yet there are many splendid features about it. We shall meet 
there from Sunday to Sunday and have our prayer meetings 
in the various homes. 

The weather during the revival meeting was the worst we 
have experienced during our stay here; yet in spite of this 
fact and the other disturbances, the Lord blessed us in a 
splendid manner. There were 13 confessions in all, one was 



a reconsecration; seven adults and six children. Several of 
the adults came in by letter or by relation. 

In spite of the fact that everything we had burned, we 
were able, to carry on because of the gracious response of 
people for many miles around. Long distant telephone calls 
of sympathy, letters containing checks towards the Building 
Fund, supplies were offered, and requests for parmission to 
help in any way possible were received. 

As we watched our church go up in flames, many a tear 
was shed; but with trust in the Lord, with real faith and 
courage, we are facing the future without fear, looking for 
a glorious response and forward movement. Brethren, pray 
for us. 

J. Milton Bowman, pastor. 


The First Brethren church, corner of Walnut and Locke 
stre>ets, was destroyed by a fire which broke out early Tues- 
day morning, February 13th. Loss is estimated at $28,000. 
The church was insured for $10,000 and the contents for 

The fire was discovered by Mrs. Russel Snider, who lives 
just west of the church at about 4:45 A. M. She turned in 
the. fire alarm and called Rev. J. Milton Bowman, pastor of 
the church. Rev. Bowman was the first to reach the building 
and while the fire was at the southwest corner of the church 
it had gained so much headway that he could not enter. 

Fire spread so rapidly that firemen were unable to be in 
the building more than a few minutes and the only things 
saved were several small articles. 

Among the contents destroyed was a new grand piano val- 
ued at between $700 and $800, as well as seven pianos, an 
electric orgatron, a marimba belonging to Margaret and 
Rosena Gearhart, a mimeograph machine, typewriter, song 
books, Sunday School leaflets, artificial palms, a large electric 
cross used in the services, and the ejitire contents of the pas- 
tor's study valued at $400. Another prized possession of the 
church lost was a large painting by Kenneth Tobias. 

The history of the early church shows that five women, 
Eliza Early, Sarah Leslie, Elizabeth Fraziej', Bashey Cosper 
and Maggie Price were charter members of the organization 
Sisters Society of Christian Endeavor, which was granted 
a charter Nov. 19, 1888. These women and a number of others 
carried the burden of the church, gradually enlarging their 
organization until in 1894 following an evangelistic service 
conducted by Rev. G. W. Rench, of Milford, several men 
joined the group. 

In 1896 the church engaged Rev. Rench for another evan- 
gelistic campaign. At the close of the meeting the member- 
ship was 38. During that summer the present site was pur- 
chased from the Hartman brothers and in the following year 
the church was constructed. The building was remodeled and 
enlarged in 1910 and about ten years ago was remodeled and 
redecorated. Plans were being made to make extensive 
changes on the building at the time of the fire. 

The church is holding evangelistic services, with Rev. Claud 
Studebaker as the evangelist. 

The regular church and Sunday School services will be 
held at the Community building on Sundays. Prayer meet- 
ings mil be held in homes of the church members. 

The officials of the church have contacted the WPB to find 
what steps are necessary and to see if permission can be 
obtained to build in the near future. 

The fire had such a start that it was out of control when 

the firemen arrived though hose was laid and the firemen 
battled the blaze in an effort to keep it from spreading to 
nearby houses. The auxiliary members and the Vitreous fire 
fighting equipment aided the regular fire department. — From 
the "Nappanee Advance." 

ffiatii tn S^Ht 

BLAINE. Sherman Blaine, son of Ezra and Emma Bilbert, 
was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, May 27, 1885 and de- 
parted this life on February 9, 1945, after having lived 59 
years, 6 months and 12 days. 

He united with the First Brethren Church in 1905 under ^ 
the ministry of Rev. C. I. Shock. Through the years he has ^ 
been a faithful and hard worker in the church at West Alex- 
andria, Ohio. He has held the offices of Sunday School Su- 
perintendent, Church Treasurer, Teacher of the Men's Bible 
Class, active in the Men's Laymen's Association and above 
all a wise and faithful Deacon. The church will miss Brother 
Shermans help, service and his Christian life. May his loved 
ones do their part to carry on the work which was nearest 
to his heart even to the end. 

He was united in marriage to Chlora May Beer, August 
29, 1908 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Lowman by 
Rev. C. I. Shock, who came from Iowa to perform the cere- 

He leaves to mourn his departure, his 'wife. May; a foster 
son, Sherman Beer; his brother, George, and three nieces and 
three nephews, and other relatives and friends. 

Sherman was a member of St. Johns No. 13, F. A. M. since 
1925. E. J. Eeekley. 

CRAWFORD. In loving memory of AI Crawford, who unit- 
ed with the West Alexandria Brethren Church on October 5, 
1944 and passed to his reward on December 9, 1944. 

E. J. Beekley. 

For Your Daily Vacation Bible School? 

The National Sunday School Asso- 
ciation may be able to assist churches _, 
in obtaining helpers for their Daily w 
Vacation Bible Schools. Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary has some students 
who are willing to help in these activi- 
ties. Your Association is willing, 
through its Educational Director, to 
place students with leadership or music 
ability in schools where they are de- 
sired. It is understood that churches 
would be willing to meet proper finan- 
cial obligations to the assisting student. 
If you are interested, write L. E. Lindower, Educational Di- 
rector, National Sunday School Association of the Brethren 
Church, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 


Your school should have "The Vacation Bible School Hand- 
book," by William Vemer Nelson. Write to the Publishing 
House or your Educational Director about it. 


Volume LXVII, Number 10, March 10, 1945 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published weekly, except last week in August 
and last week in December 




J. E. Stookey, President 

N. G. Kimmel, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 


F. C. Vanator 

. , ■ G. S. Baer 


Rev. Delbert B. Flora, Dr. Charles A. Bame, 

Dr. C. F. Yoder, Rev. Floyd Sibert 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Rev. C. A. Stewart, Rev. J. G. Dodds, 
Dr. R. F. Porte, Rev. W. C. Berkshire 

Terms of Subscription. $1.50 per year in advance 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address 

always give both old and new addresses. 
Remittances. Send all money, business communica- 
tions and contributed articles to 
The Brethren Publishing Company 
Ashland, Ohio 

Entered «■ eecoad clasi matter at Ashland, Ohio. Accepted for mailins 

at ipecial rate, lection 1103, act of October 3, 1917. Authorized 

September 3, 1928. 


Interesting Items 2 

The Business Manager's Corner — G. S. B 3 

The Editor Thinks Aloud— F. 0. V 3 

Fishers of Men— VIII— Dr. C. F. Yoder '. 4 

The Limitations of Human Knowledge — ^ 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 5 

Alcohol-free Athletes Win Major Honors — Gil Dodds .... 6 

Using Retired Ministers — By a Brethren Observer 7 

The Adult Division — Supplying Real Needs — 

Rev. C. H. Johnson .- 8 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 18 — W. S. B 10 

The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E 11 

With the Laymen 11 

Our Poet's Corner 12 

Prayer Meeting Topic — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 13 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 14 

Laid to Rest 14 

News From Our Churches 15 



WE CALL THE ATTENTION of all local statisticians to 
the following announcement from our National Statistician, 
Brother William S. Crick, and urge promptness in your re- 
sponse to his appeals when they come. Note that there are 
two blanks to fill out — Regular Statistical and Goals Pro- 
gram. We are sure that Brother J. G. Dodds, chairman of 
the Goals Committee for General Conference, would appre- 
ciate a copy of the Goals Report, also. It would make his 
work easier, and would be of little bother for you to make 
another copy. 


Although National Conference is almost six months away, 
the Statisticians are already sending to each local Brethren 
Church Secretary (Clerk) Statistical and Goals Report 
Blanks. It is requested that these forms be filled out and 
returned to the District Statistician by May 30th. If every 
Church will co-operate, we will be able to report to Confer- 
ence in August just how many "Brethren" there, are. 
The District Statisticians are: 

1. Argentina. Rev. C. F. Yoder, Ph.D., 529 Allen St., South 
Bend, Ind. 

2. Central. Mr. H. B. Puterbaugh, Lanark, 111. 

3. Indiana. Rev. C. D. Whitmer, 217 E. Dubai! Ave., South 
Bend, Ind. 

4. Midwest. Mrs. Mary E. Rieger, Rt. 1, Falls City, Neb. 

5. N. California. Miss Estelle M. Huse, Ripon, Calif. 

6. Ohio. Rev. E. M. Riddle, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, O. 

7. Pennsylvania. Mrs. Arthur R. Baer, 154 Penna Ave., 
Cameron, W. Va. 

8. Southeastern. Rev. Clarence, Fairbanks, 4805 Silver Hill 
Rd., S. E., Anacostia, D. C. 

Rev. William S. Crick, Nat., Stat., 
5002 Dearborn St., Pittsburgh 24, Pa. 


It Is announced by the offices of the Seminary and 
Mission Board that due to the government's request 
for curtailment in traveling, and due to the difficul- 
ties faced by those traveling today, the Post Easter 
Pastor's Institute has been cancelled. This is a dis- 
appointment to those responsible for the program as 
well as to many others. However, it must be remem- 
bered that many face impossibilities in coming this 
time; and we are also working with our own American 
public. We should hardly encourage questionable re^ 
action against us by refusing to cooperate with the 
government's request. 

Have you learned to understand the blessing of a. curse, 
the voice of silence, the companionship of solitude. 

It is God Himself, the mightiest doer in the universe Who 
says, "If ye shall ask" — "I will do." 

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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 


Hagerstown Surpasses Ashland 
and gains second place in Publication Day Offerings. We had 
anticipated a good offering from Hagerstown, because Broth- 
er Leatherman, the pastor, had informed us of special efforts 
being put forth, and we find they more than tripled the offer- 
ing of last year. Their offering this year stands at $304.75. 
This is the home church of Brother M. B. Ridenour, a mem- 
ber of the Publication Board. We congratulate these good 
people for their generous support of their publishing inter- 
ests. They have also declared thefiiselves to be going 100% 
for Evangelist subscriptions — this in addition to their gen- 
erous offering. Ashland, which now occupies third place with 
an offering of $265.00, is also staying on the 100% list. 
Smithville still holds first place with an offering of $365.00, 
but reports are not all in, and some strong churches are yet 
to be heard from. 

Report Your Offerin,g Soon 

if you have not yet done so. We are anxious to check up 
on how near we are to our goal of $5,000, and how many 
churches reached the local goal of $1.00 per member, and 
how close we come to having a 100% response. 

Order Sunday School Supplies Early , 

Order blanks are in the hands of all Sunday schools and we 
urge all to send orders immediately. The tirne is short. The 
first lesson of the new quarterlies comes on the. first of 
April. So don't delay the order. 

If You Make Your Order A Standing Order 

we can hereafter ship your quarterlies as soon as printed and 
you will not need bothej- with it, except to increase it, and 
that can be done any time in the quarter. 

Use More Youth Quarterlies 

The use of Youth Quarterlies was increased this last quar- 
ter, and there is room for still greater increase. Now is a 
good time to make the change. It's Brethren; it's biblical; 
it's adaptable to youth; it's a good guide for youth's study of 
the Bible. Try it out, if you have not been using it. 

If You Use Closely Graded Lessons 

you should keep in mind the explanation published in March 
3rd issue of The Evangelist, Page 14, regarding the irregru- 
larity of the first and third quarters. The first has only twelve 
Sundays and the third fourteen. The closely graded quar- 
terlies are printed mth thirteen in each quarter, and are 
the same year after year. They could not be changed to suit 
the irregularity of this year. But if you use the last lesson 
of the first quarter on the first of April, then start the sec- 
ond quarer's lessons on April 8 and finish them on July 1, 
then start the third quarter's lessons on July 8, you wll finish 
the year without difficulty, as there are only fifty-two Sun- 
days in the year. 

20 Churches Are 100 Per Centers 
We Want, to Double That Number 

Will you help us to do that during this fear ? There are sev- 

eral churches working now to achieve that goal, and we are 
assured that some of them will succeed right soon. We had 
hoped to publish the list of 100% churches, but space does 
not permit this week. Maybe we will have some new addi- 
tio.ns to the list by another week;. Send your list of subscribers 
now, if possilile, and give complete address and correct name 
of every subscriber. 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


Recently the editor heard a radio speaker address his un- 
seen audience upon the topic, "The Spending Program of 
the Church." Among other things in this address he set forth 
the values, both material and spiritual, which relate to the 
spending of both time and money as they touch the work of 
the church. 

His appeal was to the point and brought his listeners face 
to face with their responsibilities and opportunities as they 
relate to the present day situation in this war-torn world. 

This address set us to thinking, and our thoughts ran some- 
thing like this. Are there not many things which we deem 
valuable as related to life which are much like our attics, 
closets and basements of our houses, which, 'at the close of 
the winter, are filled with a great variety of "things" which 
have "just collected" through the preceding months? We did 
not particularly want them, but likewise we did not care to 
throw them away, for we were forgetful of the fact that any- 
thing has value only when it is usable. But we thought at 
the time that sometime, and in some manner, it would become 
of value to us. But when the time of spring house cleaning 
comes and we begin to sort these things over, we wonder Why 
we ever thought they would be useful. Therefore we consign 
them to the scrap heap with a view of getting rid of them. 

We are wondering whether too many times we are not put- 
ting aside things both material and spiritual that are value- 
less to us. You may think it strange that we include the 
spiritual in this category. But far too often we keep the 
lessex of spiritual values when we should be putting away 
the more important of the spiritual directives. Not that any 
real spiritual thing is valueless, but that the greater values 
are much more important. 

With the material, this is easier to understand. How often 
we misuse the material things that God has placed in our 
hands. We store them away in attic, closet and basement, 
saying, "I'll use them in some future time." But God wants 
us to use our material wealth NOW, and to use it for His 
cause, and not merely for our o-wn satisfaction. 

And Time! Well how we waste it! We do not even put it 
in storage. We just "throw it away." We forget that time 
is one of the most valuable things in this world. 

How about a spring housecleaning? 

If thou wilt keep the incense burning there. His glory thou 
shalt see — sometime, somewhere. 

In heaven's courts there are today men and women who 
once were sinners, but they have been washed, they have 
been sanctified. 



ffishers of Tflen 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

It should not be supposed that things happen in 
the spiritual life in a haphazard way. The law of 
cause and effect is operative there as well as in the 
natural world. God is a God of order and not of con- 
fusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33. When Jesus said, "Ye 
will not come unto me that ye might have life," He 
implied that there are prerequisites to His promises. 
Predestination in no wise does .away with free will 
and consequent responsibility. 

In soul winning, therefore, psychological and all 
other laws of God must be taken into account. Tact is 
one of these. It is not something new and mysterious, 
for it is only an adaptation of the law of cause and 
effect. It means that since what we say or do are 
causes, we must consider their effects upon the per- 
son with whom we are conversing. 

A certain pious man was riding in a sulky when 
he overtook a man walking and invited him to ride. 
But when he was seated the first thing the driver 
said was, "Is your peace made with God?" The 
stranger took it that he was about to be murdered 
and jumped from the sulky and ran away. The pious 
man lost his opportunity through lack of tact. Many 
another inexperienced worker has done the same 

In a revival in which I helped, an unbelieving 
judge came in one night for the first time. There was 
a feeling of general I'ejoicing, but, at the first op- 
poi'tunity, an old but zealous woman got up and 
prayed for the judge by name. He went out without 
hearing the sermon and never returned. 

It is necessary to pray that we may be guided to 
the right persons as Philip was guided to the eunuch 
and Paul and Barnabas were guided to Europe rath- 
er than to Asia. The Lord can select the best fields 
for us as well as the best persons wherever we are. 

And we should also pray for the proper time to 
approach a person. It should be a time free from in- 
terruptions and agreeable to the person to be seen. 
A woman busy with her house work or a business 
man occupied with his customers or a student pre- 
paring his lessons or passing to classes, will hardly 

welcome a visitor wishing to discuss so great and so 
sacred a subject. 

It is nearly always better to speak to a person 
alone rather than in the presence of others. Jesus 
took His disciples .apart when He wished to explain 
to them the deeper meanings of His teachings. \ 

With some people the matter can be approached 
directly because they are ready, but with most peo- 
ple it is necessary to make the approach graidually 
by first arousing interest. A good example of this 
is the case of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. He 
took advantage of the situation to ask for a drink ■ 
of water and then to reveal the water of life, and 
afterward, her need of repentance in order to receive 
it. John 4:7, 10. Paul, in Athens, took advantage of 
the inscription on an altar "To the unknown god," 
to preach about the true and known God. 

We need to pray also for wisdom in making the 
appeal. A premature demand for a decision may 
precipitate a negative and close the conversation, 
but a postponement to another time may be fatal, 
because there may not be another time. 

Moody made it a rule to give the invitation at the 
close of every sermon because in his first sermons in 
Chicago he asked the thousands present to come pre- 
pared to decide the following night, but that same 
night the city was destroyed by fire. 

We should pray for wisdom to deal with the dif- 
ficulties of the people. Some are mere pretexts and 
should be recognized as such, but some are real and 
should be treated sympathetically. I will not take up 
the difficulties in detail because there are excellent %, 
booklets which do this, and every Christian should 
have one in order to be pi^epared to answer questions 
when doing personal work. The advice of Paul in 2 
Timothy 2:24-26 should be kept in mind. It never 
helps to be trivial or impatient or cynical. Love is 
our impelling motive and divine love should be man- 
ifest in both our words and manner. 

Personal work is not like class work in a semi- 
nary. In the latter many things are taught which 
may never be needed in bringing sinners to decision, 
and decision is the primary object of personal work. 
We may learn how to catch fish out of a book, but 
when we are fishing all our attention is directed to 
the fish. Sam Jones used to say to his critics, "If you 
do not like my methods just bring your string of 
fish to prove to me that your methods are more sue- 

MARCH 10, 1945 


eessful." The methods of one may work with some 
people and the methods of another may work with 
others; therefore it is necessary to be guided as to 
methods and people as well as to time and place and 
approach. As Paul says, "I am all things to all men 
that I may by all means save some." 

It is inevitable that we, as fallible human beings, 
should make mistakes, but God can overrule mistakes 
made in sincerity, but the worst mistake is to let 
the fear of mistakes keep us from the duty and the 
joy of 'winning souls. 

The Limitations of H'l^^^'^ 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

"Of the ti'ee of the knowledge of good and evil, 
thou Shalt not eat." Genesis 2:17. Thus early came 
the first prohibition to man. Whatever else we may 
say in the interpretation of this first limitation put 
on man by his Creator, it must be acknowledged that 
there was placed upon his liberty a reserve of truth 
that God had which man was not to know. None has 
put it more succinctly than the keen-visioned Isaiah 
(55:8) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts 
neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord." 
The divergence between the thoughts of sinful man 
from those of the infinite God are as great as from 
the heavens to the earth. Verse 9. 

There are many — even a great number of admon- 
itions to men concerning this vast distance and dif- 
ference, but none in greater contrast than that of 
Christ Himself in the explanation to His disciples of 
His use of parables, when He said to them, "Unto 
you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom 
of heaven, but to them it is not." Matthew 13:11. 
jy Then he added, "Blessed are your eyes for they see, 
and your ears for they hear." Verse 16. The ones 
who were sure they saw, were blind and those who 
were eager to learn, saw. It is the open window that 
admits the light and the open mind that gets the 

Another truth contained in these and scores of 
other scriptures is the preeminence of the superior 
knowledge of God over that of man. It is everywhere 
assumed or claimed in the Word. The disciples were 
told in the last message Jesus had for them that He 
had many things to say to them, but that they could 
not bear them now (John 16 :21) but promised them 
that fuller knowledge was coming to them if they 
awaited, sought and deserved the coming of the Holy 
Spirit to guide them. Fuller truth for larger capaci- 

ties. By patience and prayer in the place at Jerusa- 
lem (the Upper Room) that would happen that 
would link them to God; and power and purpose 
woulr prepare them for the execution of His last 
challenging, unchanging and long-lasting task — the 
heralding of the gospel to the nations of the world 
as a witness. Matthew 24:14; Luke 24:49; Matthew 

It is my sincere conviction, too, that the greatest 
souls the world has known have been those who were 
thus linked up with the Infinite One. Paul whose mis- 
sionary zeal still remains unmatched for scope and 
results, frankly acknowledged "we know in part" 
and looking forward toward the time when "we shall 
know as we are known" confessed that he strove to 
"bring every thought into captivity" to God. 2 Cor- 
inthians 10:5. David, the writings of whose songs 
alone would have been enough to forever emblazon 
his name on the scrolls of honor and fame, in his 
139th Psalm, in which he lets God look him over and 
through, allowing that neither darkness nor night 
can hide God's piercing scrutiny, shouts, "Such 
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, 
I can not attain it," (Verse 8) himself wonderful 
in ability and humility. 

It is the month of February as I write these lines 
and the date is between birthdays of the two greatest 
Americans, each of whom was humble as sinners 
before God, and wise as serpents before men. Lin- 
coln openly said he did not believe himself fit to be 
President and Washington, retiring in the midst of 
vigor and esteem among his fellows, towered above 
all others because they depended and waited on God 
who is a "discerner of the thoughts and intents of 
man." Hebrews 4 :12. They believed it and proclaimed 

Beyond all human thinking and comprehension is 
the humiliation of Jesus Christ, Creator and Uphold- 
er of all things, who emptied Himself, took upon 
Him the form of a servant, was born of a woman, 
scorned, ridiculed, maligned, condemned, crucified, 
all to teach men that the way of humility is the way 
of power, conquest and final victory. From the long 
list of domineering, braggart, self-adulated men of 
the past: The Pharaohs, Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, 
Alexandria, Attila, Nero, Napoleon, Kaiser Bill, and 
now Hitler, and Hirohito, by contrast God is prov- 
ing his truth and showing men that it is the wisdom 
and knowledge that men get from God that moves 
them on to unending praise and the uplift of their 
fellows, demonstrating that learning His ways and 
discovering His will is true knowledge and safety 
and security. The obverse is startlingly open. 

If I have made my point clear it remains for us 
to prove that we believe it. Let us illustrate with 
John, chapter thirteen. Here is one of the command- 



ments made by the acknowledged Saviqr or man, our 
pattern and commander. Yet, it seems many do not 
believe that the wisdom of Christ was as good as is 
their own. That He there gave explicit command as 
plain as words can make it; that He was as serious 
as a man ever could be, conscious that He had come 
from God and was going back to God, gave an ex- 
ample (He said so) did it in seven acts (count them) 
and then He said, in three ways (Verses 14, 15, 17) 
that it was to be continued among His disciples. Yet, 
not long ago, in a meeting where the Bible Teacher 
was variously introduced as the "greatest in Amer- 
ica," and "one of the best," etc., I asked him directly 
if this chapter gave an example of humility or an 
ordinance for the church. After squirming and hedg- 
ing about wishing that such questions would not be 
asked there, he replied in these words as I remem- 
ber, "Since this is a fair question I must give a can- 
did answer. And since this subject is not spoken of 
elsewhere in the Bible (?) I conclude it is a teaching 
on humility." 

Now, if he is such a great Bible teacher, he should 
have known it was demanded elsewhere in the Bible 
(1 Timothy 5:10) that in no instance was ever given 
any ordinance fulfilling all the demands of such, and 
that many churches, even the Roman Catholic, have 
practiced and do practice it in some form and find 
joy and abiding happiness as Jesus promised to them 
that know and do. John 13:17. 

The problem of getting into the kingdom of God 
is made plain in John three; of the Lord's supper 
(really supper) in John thirteen and Luke twenty- 

two; the problem of differences between church 
members in Matthew eighteen. Why not prove it by 
/behaving it, as the Chinaman said? 

No one ever becomes a disciple of one he hates, 
nor learns of one whom he does not love. It takes con- 
fidence to get tractability and faith is the saving vir- 
tue. Haughtiness never won confidence and self-es- 
teem cries for adulation rather than achievement — 
it is a beggar, not a designer. 

Passivity may not be a popular theme just now 
in the midst of war and all its revulsions, revolu- 
tions and retrogressions ; but the positive must have 
its negative before electricity becomes workable. The 
container must be emptied of the bad before it can / 
be filled with the good. The subject must be willing 
before the mesmerist can perform his wonders. The 
public speaker must get his people in a receptive 
mood ere he can persuade them to his convictions 
and belief. 

So, if we would receive the blessings the good 
Lord has for us we must be passive, receptive. "No 
good thing will he withhold from them that walk 
uprightly." Psalm 84:11. We must yield to His pur- 
pose. His plan and His will. He is the Master Teach- 
er, sanest philosopher, truest Guide. His teaching 
gives foundation to the only true advancement so- 
cially, intellectually, spiritually, governmentally. As 
it will always be true, so it is now that "he that 
exalteth himself shall be abased .and he that humbleth 
himself shall be exalted." Luke 14 :11 ; 18 :14. Men be- 
come wiser only when walking humbly with God. 

Western Springs, 111. 

J-llcohol-free flihletes Win YUajor Honors 

By Gil Dodds 

(Reprinted by permission of The Allied Youth, 
National Education Association Building, Washing- 
ton 6, D. C.) ■ 

I have been running since 1933. In those years 
I have seen many other men who seemed to have 
their eyes on a championship and who possessed en- 
durance, stamina and physical equipment that should 
make them real contenders. 

I am convinced that a number of atheists would 
not pay the price that is demanded for champion- 
ship performance, whether on the track or in foot- 
ball or basketball or other exacting sports. 

Part of the price that must be paid for athletic 
success is in the physical realm — hours of practice 
and conditioning, an unbroken plan or routine for 

food, rest, and appropriate types of relaxation, anr' 
upgrading of abilities and speed so that one does* 
not remain merely the contender but can gain the 

Much more important, in the matter of reaching 
top performance in athletics, are the mental and 
spiritual prices that must be paid by the man who 
has his eyes on a championship. 

Loose Living Foreign to Success 

All great athletes know that loose living and suc- 
cess do not go hand in hand. Athletes whom I have 
seen drinking soon disappeared from the ranks and 
even while they stayed they ceased to be a factor in 
the race. 

There are qualities in charactei" that add wings 
to the runner's heels, because he knows that he de- 

MAECH 10, 1945 


serves success and will rightly use it when it comes. 
I am sure that it is only through God's help and His 
leadership in my life that I have been able to achieve 
the athletic success that I have enjoyed. 

There is nothing I have done, physically and other- 
wise, that many other athletes cannot match and 
surpass, if they are willing to be at their own best 
physically, mentally and spiritually, as they forge 
ahead toward victory. 

Winners Shun Alcohol 

The fans tell me that they know athletes who ex- 
pect to get anywhere at all must be wholly alcohol- 
free. The fans realize we do not touch alcohol from 
one year's end to another; in and out of the com- 
petitive season we who have any rights or possibili- 

ties for winning are alcohol-free and will continue 
to be. 

I hope these men and women whose cheers and 
other encouragements m«an so much will realize bet- 
ter what benefits would come to them if they follow 
the athlete's practices at least as far as healthful 
foods, proper rest, and alcohol-free living are con- 

Any other course robs them of values they could 
have, and they would quickly find that the satisfac- 
tions of drinking and the other forms of self-indul- 
gence are not worth what they cost. 

The use of intoxicants is particularly injurious to 
youth — and by that I mean all youth, not athletes 

ll^etired Ifflinisters 

By a Bretjiren Observer 

Your men's Bible class needs an increase of membership. 
If you have a retired minister who worships with your con- 
gregation, why not arrange to employ and pay the veteran 
preacher a small salary to be your special agent to do for 
your class and your church the work you laymen ought to 
do but cannot find the time for doing? Try it for three 
months. The general good-will created by the visitation will 
soon convince the church of the wisdom of the experiment. 

Maybe your pastor is unable to reach your membership 
with regular and effective pastoral visitation, but with the 
help of a retired preacher it would be possible to get into 
every home and meet every member of the church once in 
three months. Many a retired minister is vigorous and effec- 
tive and could make about three hundred calls a month, es- 
pecially in the city. If he has been the right type of a pastor 
in his years of active service, his experience will make him 
unusually effective as a church visitor. His age inspires con- 
fidence among young and old, and the years which might 
be considered a handicap might actually prove an advantage. 
As a soul winner he can go about ministering to the people 
and soliciting converts and candidates for church membership 
without undue concern for the organization of the church, 
its administration and finances. 

The outcome of this experiment can be three-fold: (1) the 
church can have adequate pastoral visitation; (2) the mem- 
bership will be increased by persons who otherwise would 
never be reached; (3) a splendid Christian minister will be 
provided with an employment in a work for which he is 
best fitted and at a task to which he can give liis whole heart. 
A younger man, perhaps, could not be found who could do 
the work better. Satisfied to work at a nominal wage, such 
earnings would supplement whatever has been laid in store 
for a rainy day. 

The church can ill afford to discard the usefulness of a 
minister because his age requires retirement from active 
pastoral responsibility. There is still a capacity for him to 
fill if he and the church have the vision and the willingness. 
This plan of using retired ministers is being worked success- 

fully in other denominations, and we Brethren may well ap- 
propriate the idea. The Church needs many a talent thav is 
neatly wrapped and laid away on the shelf. We respectfully 
submit what we believe to be a happy solution for a gracious 
minister retired because of age and the church that has the 
vision to profit by some excellent personal help work. 


By Clifford J. Boren ' 


Walking one day in a pasture, 

I chanced upon a pan 
Some one had throvm away. 
'. I did not disturb it — 

But let it lie right there. 

For I soon discovered 
That it was serving. 

In its own peculiar way. 
With face turned right-side up 

It collected within its vs^alls 
The gentle rains of heaven. 

And the sparrows that flew about 
Found there a place of refreshment, . 

As they rested by its side. 

Have you been pushed aside 

From the regular work 
Because you are too old ? 

Don't frown or fret about it. 
Just see that you are not 

Turned up-side dovpn. 
Lift your face up to God, 

Let Him fill it with dew 
From His own eternal well. 

Then we, who are young sparrows 
Flying hither and yon. 

Will see His grace in you. 
And gain strength and comfort 

From our daily life with you. 




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General Secretary 

DR L E LINDOWER Educjtlonjl Direeior 

Reo. C-ecll H. Johnson 

While it is true that most of the adults in any 
Sunday School were once boys and girls in the other 
departments, and have been taught, more or less ef- 
fectively, the gi'eat teachings of the Christian faith ; 
yet there are great differences in these two groups 
as to their needs, as to methods of teaching and ma- 
terials used. We do not lure grown-ups to regular 
attendance by offering prizes; we do not give spe- 
cial recognition to individuals for lessons well pre- 
pared or golden texts memorized ; but every teacher 
in the adult departments should earnestly endeavor 
to conduct the class in such a manner that those who 
attend will realize a personal spiritual benefit that 
meets a real need in their life. This will go far in 
increasing attendance and interest in the study of 
the Word of God. 

Let us consider some of the needs that we are say- 
ing are different from those of other departments. 
You may add to these of which I shall speak here. 

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS. Much of the teaching 
of our Lord Jesus Christ was directed to adults and 
dealt with life situations. He tauglit them concern- 
ing social relationships. For example: the story of 
the Good Samaritan and "thou shalt love thy neigh- 
bor as thyself." He taught men their responsibility 
to government. For example: the tax money, "ren- 
der unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." He 
taught them how to properly evaluate life and the 
things of life and to place spiritual things above 
material things. For example: "Man shall not live 
by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God," and, "Seek ye first the 

kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these 
things shall be added unto you." 

What group under a good teacher does not enjoy 
a discussion of these things together and at the same 
time receive spiritual help? Not that the class pe- 
riod should be an endless debate oi' a pointless one, 
as we have often seen, but rather that the teacher 
should direct the discussion in orderly fashion and 
be ready with the sure Woi-d of God to give forth 
sound teaching to the benefit of all. 

SYSTEMATIZED TEACHING. It is in the adult 
class that the individual should get the kind of teach- 
ing that will enable him to develop a system of Chris- 
tian thought that will establish him in the Christian 
faith. Not much of this kind of teaching is attempted 
below the young people's department. This type of 
teaching will appeal to the adult mind and result in 
an active interest in the class. This applies particu- 
larly to those classes in which we expect to find our 
teachers and woi'kers. 

INDOCTRINATION. The adult department ought 
to be the finishing school of all our teaching pro- 
gram. Just how well are Brethren people indoctrin- 
ated? These great fundamental doctrines of the 
Christian faith, as the Brethren believe them, can 
best be taught in these adult classes. We ought to 
know them well. Well enough to state them clearly 
to anyone. Many of the basic doctrines of the Church 
are being called in question and denied in many re- 
ligious circles today, and of all people, Brethren ought 
to know where they stand. We have had too little doc- 

MARCH 10, 1945 


trinal teaching and preaching. It is all important and 
should have a large place in the teaching program in 
the adult departments. 

BRETHRENISM. I know of no place quite so well 
adapted to the teaching of the Bi'ethren emphasis 
than in the adult division of our Sunday Schools. It 
is likely that you may have some present that are 
not Brethren, but that ought to be an opportunity 
i-ather than an obstacle. The truth, if well presented, 
will not offend. We are sometimes accused of "harp- 
ing" on our own peculiar doctrines, blut the fact of 
the matter is we don't. Many of our people do not 
know why they are Brethren, and we might reason 
J that if they do not know why, then are they really 
^ Brethren? The fault is ours foi' not teaching those 
things which we believe to be true and which make 
us Brethren. We have lost hundreds if not thousands 
of members to other denominations because they 
were not grounded in Brethren doctrine. It takes 
Brethren literature and Brethren teachers to teach 
Brethren doctrine. 

TEACHER TRAINING. Since most of the teach- 
ei's in the Sunday School are adults and come from 
the adult departments of the school it is necessai-y 
that there be some provision made for the training 
of these teachers. This is usually done by having a 
Teacher Training Class either in the Sunday School 
or a class that meets on some night of the week. This 
work need not be confined to one such class but can 
be made a part of the teaching schedule of other 
classes as well. Our present methods of training- 
teachers is inadequate it seems to me. May our high- 
est aim be to meet the needs of human hearts by the 
grace of God. 

Falls City, Nebraska. 

Shields, E. M. Teaching beginners. Pa. 25c Am. Baptist. 
Home dept. and Kindergarten 

Leatherwood, M. C. Cradle roll department of the Sunday 
School. 60c pa. 40c. 1941. Baptist S. S. Board. 

Primary Dept. 

Bryan, A. Primary Sunday School work. (JOc pa. 40c 1941. 
Baptist S. S. Board. 

Liuthicum, B. Junior Sunday School work. GOc pa. 40c 1941. 
Baptist S. S. Board. 

Bible Study and Teaching 

Banks, F. A. Fingerprints of Bible people (first) second se- 
ries. 20 each. $1.00. 1941 Revill. 

Bible lessons for the Church School; first-eighth grades, rev. 
ed. 8 bks. lst-2d. in Iv. $1.50; 3rd-5th ea. $1.35; 6th $1.60; 
7th in 2 pts. $1.95; 8th $1.85. Pacific. 

Bowman, J. W. Introducing the Bible. Pa. 35c 194. 
Presbyterian bd. 

Buchanan, I. R. Sixty-six Bible books at a glance. 2d ed. pa 
40c 1940. Mrs. C. E. Johnston, 4818 Garfield Ave., Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota. 

Douthitt, C. B. & others. Topical Bible studies, pa 50c 1941 
Gospel advocate. 

Laukard, F. G. Bible speaks to our generation. $2.00 (8s bd) 
1941 Oxford. $4.00 (Toronto). 

Moody, I. M. Through the Bible, in a year with Juniors. $1.50 
1941 Standard pub. 

Weidenschilling, J. M. Our Bible, pa 35c 1941 Concordia. 

Religious Education 

Allen, M. F. Kindergarten and the church, pa 25c 1941 Nat. 
council Protestant Episcopal Church. 

Allen, M. F. Youngest ones, pa 25c 1941. Nat. Council Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church. 

Bartlett, W. T. Sabbath School ideals $1.25. pa 90c 1940. 
Southern Pub. Assn. 

Cutton, G. L. Teaching young people, pa 40c 1941 Am. Bapt. 

De, Ovies, F. Church and the children $2.00 1941. Morehouse. 

Eavey, C. B. Principles of teaching for Christian teachers. 
$2.75 1940. Zondervan. 

.Shettler, S. G. & S. G. One hundred seventeen object lessons 
for boys and girls $1.00 1941. Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa. 

Wilder, E. L. Easy object lessons (to get and give) $1 1941. 
Zondervan. - , 

Up-to-date Books for Your 
Sunday School Library 

(Compiled from the U. S. Catalog of Books Published.) 
On file in Ashland College Library 

1941— BOOKS 

Sunday Schools 

Howell, E. E. So you're the secretary of the Sabbath School. 

$1.00. 1941 Pacific. 
Noland, E. Six point record system and its use. 60c pa. 40c. 

Baptist S. S. Bd. 
Unible, J. S. Ohio Mennonite Sunday Schools. $2.00. 1941 

Me,nnonite hist. soc. Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. 
National adult school union. New beginnings. Is 6d, bds. 2s. 

6d. 1940. The Union. 
, Teaching 

Berkeley, J. P. You can teach, pa. 40c 1941. Am. Baptist. 


Pacific Press Publishing Association, Mountain View, Calif. 
Presbyterian Board of Christian Education (Pub. Dept.) 

(The Westminster Press) 85 S. Dearboni St., Chicago, 111. 

Witherspoon Bldg., Philadelphia, Pa. 
Gospel Advocate Co., 110 7th Ave., Nashvile, Tenn. 
Concordia Publishing House, 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 


See also the list attached to the 1940 books in previous issue. 
When ordering books it 'helps to give the Publisher's name 
and address. 

Sabbath days, w'hen rightly observed, are to time what the 
mountains are to the earth — eminences from which we may 
survey glorious prospects, while the earth is bejieath our 
feet. — William E. Gladstone. 

The, envious grow lean at the success of his neighbor. — 

"Thou shalt not covet." The best way to own is to earn. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor, 
Uied by permission." 



Topic for March 18, 1945 


Scripture: John 1:35-42 

For The Leader 

Turn about is fair play. If some one does us a good turn, 
we sliould seek to do some one a good turn. Especially so 
in the matter of witnessing for our Christ. Some one brought 
us to Jesus. Some one had to tell us of Him. When we heard, 
we believed. Thus came to us the greatest moment of joy in 
life; we had found salvation. Greater joy can come to us 
when we strive to bring others to know Christ. It stands to 
reason that if some, one did us a good turn and told us of 
Christ, we should do the same for somebody else. Tonight 
we want to think about some of the things which will give 
us joy in seeing that other young people get to learn of 
Christ as their Savior. 


1. WE MUST ADVERTISE. There is a certain advertising 
phrase designed to spur the "slow to work" type of sales- 
man. It goes something like this: "You must make calls if 
you want to get results." If we are going to get other people 
to come to C. E. and to church, we must get out after them. 
About one out of five that we ask will ever come to church, 
but still we are to ask them. We cannot keep the joy of being 
a Christian penned up inside of us and expect other young 
people to want to be Christians also. When we show that 
there is joy in being a Christian, others will see it and be 
curious. At such a time, we will do well to invite them to ser- 
vices. It will produce results. Consider just how many fami- 
lies or individuals are now in our church who were not here 
a few years ago. How did they begin to attend ? A safe bet is 
that they began coming because some one invited them. 

2. INVITING IS VALUABLE. We do not fully realize, the 
great and lasting value of inviting another person to church. 
Perhaps that individual just needed our invitation to attend. 
But after coming to church and learning of Christ, they go 
on and become a great leader, preacher or missionary. Con- 
sider a man by the name of Andrew. He saw Jesus, then he 
went and invited his brother to come and hear Jesus. That 
brother became one of the world's great missionaries. At one 
time a sermon of his converted 3,000 precious souls. That 
man was Simon Peter. God can work in many marvelous ways 
to use those whom we bring to Christ. Just consider how 
many times we have been invited this past week, by others, 
to do something, or go some place. They invited us because 
they felt they had something which would give us enjoyment 
and they wanted to share it ■vyith us. 

3. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. Cain answered God 
once, "Am I my brother's keeper?" That was at the time 
he had murdered his brother Abel. God just the same, as told 
him he had a responsibility towards his brother's welfare. 
In that case it was too late to do anything about it. In a 
greater sense, we are responsible for the souls of those in 
our midst who do not believe in Christ. Once we have invited 
them to come to church and hear of Christ, then the respon- 
sibility of their soul rests upon them. We are clear. To this 
extent, then, we are our brother's keeper. The words, "Plead 

with them earnestly, Plead with them gently," vrill fit in here 
as we seek to fill our responsibility to those outside of Christ. 

4. THE GREATEST JOY. "There is joy in serving Jesus" 
go the words of a gospel hymn. Any service performed in 
the name of Christ, for Christ, by a Christian, is certainly 
a joy. Yet we believe that the greatest joy a Christian can 
know this side of the pearly gates is to lead another person 
to Christ. We are told it brings the greatest joy in heaven., 
so why wouldn't it here on earth? The apostle Paul never 
ceased to rejoice over the life of a young man called Timothy. 
Paul calls him my "dearly beloved son." Of course he meant 
in the faith. If we work diligently, we will have the joy of 
seeing those who are our "children of faith" because through 
our efforts, they found Christ. To see a friend go down the 
aisle and make confession of Christ because we took the time 
to speak to them about it, will be to us the greatest joy of 
life. By our life and our conduct we can be used of the Lord C 
to help others to find Christ. This is the main business of 

the Christian, so let's be busy at it. 

5. JOY MEANS ZEAL. We can use the word "zeal" in 
place of the word "joy." Zeal is what saw the great advance 
of missionary work years ago. Preachers preached the saving 
gospel of Christ; the congregations were sympathetic to gos- 
pel preaching; and they went out and brought others in to 
hear. The Spirit of God could work, and souls were saved. 
Today, pulpits have too often strayed from Gospel preach- 
ing, audiences would rather not hear true gospel preachings, 
and the unsaved are not in the services to any degree. Often 
the cold atmosphere of an average congregation would freeze 
out a person who really felt led to come forward and con- 
fess Christ. For survival, our churches, pulpits, and congre- 
gations must get back to the business of saving souls. 

6. A WIDE AWAKE SALESMAN. Such a person believes 
in his product, the results it will produce and uses it himseJf. 
Imagine a man trying to sell a certain make of car (in the 
good old days), when he didn't have any faith in it himself, 
or couldn't tell what it could do on the road, or drove an- 
other kind of car hciniself. He sure wouldn't sell very many. 
But let him have faith in it himself, know what it will do, 
and drive one himself, and he can sell cars. The same with 
Christian salvation. We must believe it ourselves, know what 
it will do, and practice it at all times. A church that is vsdde 
awake to the real needs of dying persons, which preaches it 
from the pulpit, and is supported by the congregation will 
see its doors always open, its pews and coffers full, and its 
baptistry water warmed oftener than the Sunday after Eas- 
ter. : 

To change the phrase quoted at the beginning of the dis- ^ 
cussion tonight just a little, "If you do make calls, you will 
get results," is to put it in its needful light for this moment. 
We should be wide awake salesmen for Christ, at all times 
seeking to bring others to him. 


1. Would you think that because people in our churches are 
not busily engaged in soul winning that they did not care for 
the souls of the unsaved? Psalms 142:4. 

2. On what basis shall Christians receive "stars" in their 
crowTis?" Dan. 12:3. 

3. What is one mark of a wise Christian? Proverbs 11:30. 

4. Describe the spiritual condition of your church. Is your 
Pastor's preaching designed to make us better soul winners, 
and to win souls to Christ? Do the people commend your 
pastor when he preaches soulsearching sei-mons, or do they 
"freeze up" if he prods their conscience a little ? Are souls 
being saved in your church? 

MARCH 10, 1945 




The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E. ^ With the Laymen ^ 



Jolin Golby 

"It pays to advertise" holds true for C. E. as well afe for 
commercial purposes and should be used more in our indi- 
vidual societies as individual societies are the most impor- 
tant unit in Christian Endeavor. 

In this community we have a C. E. County Union which 
is a healthy sign, as County Unions reach more people in 
their publicity than the individual. 

As information is the .first step in progress, so in our C. E. 
publicity the training of individuals in developing leaders, 
who have the ability to persuade others to their own point 
of view, is our life work, and from individual societies this 
leads on to county, to state, to nation, to world C. E., which 
is our ultimate goal. 

There are various methods and mediums which an active 
and grovring C. E. society or C. E. union can and should use, 
such as newspapers, posters, magazines, printed churh bul- 
letins and many others which can reach the general public, 
church membership and C. E. membership. But I believe that 
the medium which would do the most good and incidently is 
the least expensive and the least used is personal contact. 

I suggest that C. E., particularly Brethren C. E., use the 
many methods and mediums available wherever and when- 
ever possible, but I believe that more emphasis should be 
• put on persona! contact. 

Johnstown, Pa., Third Brethren Church. 


In response to an urgent cabled appeal from the Nether- 
lands Woman's Volunteer Corps, functioning in England, 10,- 
000 pounds of clothing have been forward by the Save the. 
Children Federation for distressed children in Holland. The 
clothing is transported through facilities provided by the 
Queen Wilhelmina Fund and is a part of 1,385,000 pounds 
that have been contributed by children of America through 
the public schools participating in the National Children's 
Clothing Crusade under the central direction of the Save the 
Children Federation headquarters at One Madison Avejiue, 
New York City. Over 2,000,000 pupils of nearly 900 schools 
in 47 states are participating. 

The tooth often bites the tongue, and yet they keep to- 
gether. — Danish. 

A man thei-e was and they called him mad; the more he 
gave the more he had. — Bunyan. 

Attempt not to fly like an eagle without wings of a wren. 

Love never makes capital out of others' faults, and does 
not delight in exposing the weakness of others. 

When two men quarrel, he who is first silent is the better 
man. — Talmud. 

Fred W. Brant 

Laymen should be assuming definite responsibility 
during this month. Pei'sonal work among the unsaved 
should be the consideration. And then action should 
be taken. Here the layman can be of invaluable ser- 
vice to the pastor. Ephesians 4:11 says, "And he 
gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some 
pastors and teachers." Laymen, that places us in the 
class with Philip the evangelist — "Publishers of glad 
tidings," so says the Cyclopedia of Religious knowl- 

There is not a Christian layman who cannot be 
a witness for Christ. Christ said, "Ye are my wit- 
nesses." Then publish the glad tidings of Christ's 
saving power. 

Did you, as a Christian, ever look around in your 
church and Sunday School or perhaps in your own 
home, to see if there are unsaved souls there? We 
all can be evangelists right at home. Please do not 
ask anyone, "Do you belong to church?" I have asked 
many a church membei- if they were Christians and 
you would be surprised to know how many did not 
know. They "hoped so." We must "know so." 

Brother, wouldn't it sound foolish when you tell 
youi- wife or loved ones how much you love them, 
and you would ask them if they loved you and they 
would say, "I hope so." Well that is not half as fool- 
ish as not being sure you loved your Savior. Please 
repeat John 3:16. There isn't anything surer than 
God's love for us. Laymen, there isn't anything of 
which we may be surer when we are saved, than 
knowing it. We never let God or men forget we are 
saved. We thank God daily for our salvation and we 
live such lives that our fellowmen know we are Chris- 
tian. We do not need to tell people. The things we 
do and say ; the places we go and the places we don't 
go, will tell them. Truly the Christian layman can 
evangelize the world by doing the work of an evan- 
gelist at home. 

Let us say, "By the grace of God I will be one of 
God's evangelists." 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. 


Announcing that the 1945 observance of Men and Missions 
Sunday will be held November 11, the sponsoring Laymen's 
Missionary Movement with headquarters at 19 South LaSalle 
St., Chicago, reported that the recent annual observance had 



more cooperating congregations than in any previous year. 
In 3,054 cities laymen enlisted the participation of 28,256 
churches and 40,176 pastors were reached directly by their 
respective denominational boards. When the observance was 
inaugurated fourteen years ago, only 640 cities and towns 
in the United States wei-e organized to participate. 

The aim of the Movement is to get every pastor to invite 
a trusted layman to make a four-minute, missionary talk at 
the morning service on the appointed day. Laymen highlight 
the programs, speaking and appealing for more vigorous 
in the chaplaincy are the great missionary leaders of the 
laymen's interest in the Church's world missionary task, at 
home as well as abroad. 

In making a nationwide summary, Frederick J. Michel, 
national secretary of the Movement, said, "The active co- 
operation of leaders in forty-seven communions or denomina- 
tions was secured in encouraging the observance, in 1944. 
Thirty-seven church bodies participated in 1943." 

Chaplains carried Men and Missions Sunday messages to 
the men in the United States armed forces stationed through- 
out the world. Mr. Michel commented: "All Protestant com- 
munions which are known to us have chaplains representing 
them in the armed forces of the United States, cooperated, 
and nearly all the chaplains serving in the armed forces in 
Canada were, reached with this emphasis. The total number 
of chaplains reached was 8,017 as compared with 5',7S8 in 

The service commission of the National Lutlierau Council 
enlisted chaplain participation by writing a letter to its min- 
isters who aie in uniform which read in part: "You w'ho are 
Christian Church and those of you who are now stationed 
in the far off areas of the world are the missionary heroes 
of this generation, experiencing every day the challenge of 
a program which at home you could ofily visualize." 

In one overseas chapel twelve soldiers with the Fourth 
Armored Group served by Chaplain Vernon C. Kuester par- 
ticipated in the 1944 Men and Missions Sunday service. The 
special offering received amounted to $316, all of which was 
sent to the China Inland Mission, an interdenominational en- 

This year for the Hist time, the students and faculty mem- 
bers of sixty-six theological seminaries were informed con- 
cerning this approach to the laymen of the churches in the 
interest of missions, with the cooperation of their deans and 
presidents. They placed Men and Missions Sunday material 
directly in the hands of individual students. A total of 5,742 
were reached. 

Fifteen-minute ladio transcriptions were made, under the 
dii'ection of Buckingham Gunn, program director of station 
WON, Chicago. More than 200 stations received the tran- 
scriptions, which features an address by Harry A. Wheeler, 
founder and first president of the United States Chamber 
of Commerce, and a dramatization by President C. Herbert 
Rice of Forman Christian College, Lahore, India, and five 
"G. I. Joes." 

Speakers manuals were sent to more than 1,100 religious 
broadcasters, inviting them to recognize Men and Missions 
Sunday. Special broadcasts were, also made, including a mis- 
sionary talk by Edward Foss Wilson, of Wilson & Company, 
Chicago, on the Blue Network's National Farm and Home 

In anticipation of the November 11 observance for this 

year, the Movement reaffirms that its purpose is "to enlist 

the. interest of men in Christian missions, to the end that 

. they may support more generously the missionary work of 

the churches with which they are identified, thus strength- 
ening the existing missionary organizations of all commun- 

Rev. William C. Kernan 

General Chiang Kai-Shek, a Christian for some years, was 
for two weeks held in captivity by his enemies. Of his expe- 
riences during that time he writes, "The greatness and love 
of Christ burst upon me with a new inspiration, increasing — 
my strength to struggle against evil, to overcome tempta- 
tion and to uphold righteousness." 

That's it! That is an authentic witness to Christ by a man 
w'ho has come under His influence. An authentic witness by 
any man — ^^not only Chiang Kai-Shek. This experience of the 
power of Christ to increase, a man's strength against evil 
and temptation and to uphold righteousness is the same 
witness that others who went before us bore, and that others, 
coming after us, will bear. It is thus today, as it was yester- 
day, and as it will be tomorrow, that God is glorified in His 

The saints have, not been, nor are they now, all alike. In 
talents, background, and racial origin, they differed, and 
they still do. But all of them, in all times arid all places, 
"practiced Christian virtue to an heroic degree." They 
"quenched the violence of fire. . . . out of weakness were 
made strong, waxed valiant in fight . . . were stoned . . . 
saw.n asunder, tempted, slain with the sword." They strove 
for the kind of righteousness that issues in ci\'ilization and 
the brotherhood of man. Before the whole world they showed 
their lig'ht, and men who saw it knew that Christianity was 
powerful in overcoming darkness and the works done in 

There is no single thing of greater importance for Chris- 
tians to do today than to demonstrate the power of Christ 
to enlighten the world and to scatter the darkness that covers 
it. It will take men with the character of the saints to do it — 
men who "practice Christian virtue to an heroic degree." 

There is need for such men. For the world is being de- 
stroyed by the forces of darkness that assail it. It is being 
destroyed by hate which always works in the darkness. Hate 
is our enemy. And if Christians take part with it, what can 
we say but that saintliness has gone out of character? What 
can we say but that the heroic who ought to oppose it have 
laid down their arms ? What can we say but that the world 
will not know the, power of Christ to increase a man's strength 
against evil and temptation and to uphold righteousness? We 
must renounce hatred of anyone. And we must trust in the 
creative power of Christ to renew the earth through the wit- 
ness of His saints. 

Our Poet's Corner 


1 was stumbling along in darkness, 
Far from God's loving grace. 
But in His love He sought me. 
And I met Him face to face. 

He touched my heart and cleansed me, 
He gave me hope and life. 

MARCH 17, 1945 


He freed me for all eternity 
From the. bonds of sin and strife. 

Cares tliat I'd known were banished, 
He took my sins away, 
And I found great joy and comfort, 
When I came to Christ that day. 

He's given me strength in trials. 
He's helped to lighten my load. 
With Him I have managed to conquer 
The snares that are laid in my road. 

He's given me comfort in trouble. 
Heartache He's helped me tn bear, 
And still through the tears I could smile 
For I always knew Jesus was there. 

It was here in this church that I found Him, 

His love you helped me to see. 

And I found the Christian friendships. 

That have meant so much to me. 

And now as I leave this pathway. 

For other paths of light, 

I know that the things you've taught me 

Will always keep God in my sight. 

And though I must leave dear loved ones, 

And from this place soon depart, 

I take with me fond memories, 

That shall always live in my heart. 

Your prayers, I know, are with me, 

They will help to see me through. 

For I know that He is with me, 

And- 1 know He'll be with you. .. - 

Praise God for this church and its pco)ile, . 
May you bear your standards high. 
And may He guide us safely, 
'Till we meet up there in the sky. 

Leila Elilott, X 



Rev. H. A. Gossard 

I heard the noise 

Of girls and boys. 

Though they were out of sight; 

It came to me 

O'er hill and lea 

In laughter gay and light. 

I followed back 

The sound-blowai track 

And found them playing there: 

Each flew a kite 

To clouds in height. 

Then watched it fight the air. 

Their eyes w-ere bright; 

Each heart was light; 

Nor did they show a care . . . 

I thought how sad, 

Should lass and lad 

Make living not so fair! 

Then with a sigh. 
To them said I:— 

Would I were yet a boy; 

But I must toil 

To till the soil: 

In labor time employ. 

One said to me, 

"You'd not be free 

Were you a girl or boy. 

Were I a man 

I'd work and plan 

To fill the world with joy. 

But since I ain't, 

There's no complaint 

Can justify my wish: 

So I .shall hike. 

Or ride my bike. 

Or hunt, or swim, or fish.' 

Then I returned, 

And, having learned 

A lesson full of truth, 

I found a way 

In work and play 

Of turning age to youth. 

Lanark, Illinois. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev C Y Gilmer 
^Q* * 'O 


"A belief in prayer is one of the greatest powers for good 
there is in the world. I have found that the best way to help 
a man who is up against sin and evil is to get him to prom- 
ise to pray for somebody else. You cannot go into the pres- 
ence of God and not be the better for it." — An English Cler- 

"It is more than nio,st of us can do, to pray carelessly for 
our own advantage — either we put others in our prayer, or 
we quit praying." — Epworth Herald. 


Assign to some one the subject: "Is God Real to Me?" 


I John .■?:9 

Turning to I John .3, read verses 4-10. The believer (1 Jn. 
5:1) is c'haracterized by righteousness, that is, the whole bent 
of his life is good: he does righteousness, and sinneth not. 
He practices righteousness, not sin (1 Jn. 5:18). The unbe- 
liever's life is characterized by sin; he makes sin a practice; 
he is a sinner. Sin is lawlessness — doing one's own will (Isa. 
53:6). Sin is not merely a single act — it is man's nature. Sin 
is what we are as well as what we have done (1 Jn. 1:8; 1 
Cor. 2:14). Man's heart is his whole personality; intellect, 
will and carnal mind. There are 10.3 characteristics or seeds 
in the human heart which do not meet God's approval. Twen- 
ty-one lists of these are given in Scripture of which Gala- 
tians 5:19-21 gives seventeen. Sin is complex since it has 
103 characteristics in the human heart. The tap-root of these 



is self — the basic misery of Hell. Christianity displaces self 
and unholy appetites by putting Christ there. 

The "old man" (Rom. 6:6; Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:9) cannot be 
transformed for Paul said, "In me dwelleth no good thing." 
The New Man cannot come by self -effort (Jn. 1:13). One 
cannot be spiritual until he is born again. Hei cannot be holy 
until God dwells within him (1 Cor. 3:16, 17). Flowers will 
never replace the weeds in our hearts until we get the bulbs 
from Heaven — until God shares His uncreated life with us 
(1 Jn. 5:11). I can only produce, what is in me. The Bible 
alone describes the content of my soul. I have the possibil- 
ity of the sprouting and bursting forth of all these 103 evil 
seeds — and so have you. As Richard Baxter said concerning 
a man taken for murder, "But for the grace of God there 
goes Richard Baxter." Only the light of the Holy Spirit with- 
in the heart can smother the seeds of darkness. 

We who have been subdued by His grace (Jn. 3:7) and Won 
for Him no longer make sin a practice. No one who has ever 
known Him can go on practising sin with indifference. To the 
truly converted soul sin is a foreign and hateful thing. To 
deliberately go on in unrighteousness is not to be a child 
of God, but of the devil (1 Jn. 3:10). "Whosoever is born of 
God doth not commit (or practice sin) ; for His seed remain- 
eth in him: and he cannot sin (or, be sinning), because he is 
horn of God." If the old carnal, Adamic nature were not 
subdued and controlled by the new imparted nature, one would 
be sinning continuously. One becomes like the One whose 
child he is. 

As long as we are in the flesh we are in the battleground 
where a great conflict is raging (Gal. 5:16, 17; Rom. 7:14- 
25). According to Rom. 7:25 I cannot deliver myself. I cry 
for a Deliverer outside Who is revealed to my soul. He who 
alone saved me at the beginning, can keep me from sin's 
power. The pruning knife of self-judgment is ever needed. 
"Watch and pray lest ye enter into temptation." To deny the 
insisting presence of the old nature is but to invite defeat.. 
Walk in the Spirit, look unto Jesus in a self-judged and hum- 
ble condition of soul. ,' ■ ; . , 

Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

It is with pleasure that we an- 
nounce the May Queen for 1945 
at Ashland College. For the past 
several years, some girl from 
one of the Brethren Churches 
has been elected to this, the 
most coveted honor on the cam- 
pus. This year Miss Ellen Stof- 
fer, daughter of the late Paul 
Stoffer and Mrs. Lavenia Stof- 
fer of North Georgetown, Ohio 
was chosen by the student body 
to preside over the May Day 

The opinion on the campus is 
that Miss Stoffer will uphold 
all the traditions of previous May Days. A striking brunette, 
talented and accomplished, Miss Stoffer will undoubtedly be 
a very gracious monarch on May 12 wheji the annual event 
is scheduled. A brother of the Queen, Mr. Tom Stoffer is 

with the invasion army in Europe as a Chaplain's Assistant. 
May Day is one of the oldest traditional events at Ashland 
College and one of the most beautiful and most anticipated 
dates on the college calendar. Dating back almost 30 years, 
it has been a line of happy events and many May Days are 
among the most cherished events in memories of college days. 
This year will be no exception. 

Undoubtedly closer gasoline rationing will force the stream- 
lining of May Day this year and make it even more of a 
student function than has been the past few years. However, 
since it will be held, all who can are urged to attend this 
beautiful feature of the year. 

Attention of the people of the Brethren Churches is again 
being called to the play scheduled for March 24 as a pre-Eas- 
ter feature on the campus. The dramatic production, "A Jour- 
ney to Jerusalem" is now in preparation. Based on the won- 
derful story of Jesus' trip to the Holy City at the age of 12 
when he confronted the learned men of that time, it should 
prove interesting and extremely interesting to the audience. 
Again the play will be given in the McDowell Auditorium. 

Rev. Delbert Flora, pastor of the Elkhart Church was on 
the campus last week as a feature of the. Seminary "Day of 
Prayer." In addition to his lectures to the Seminary, Rev. 
Flora addressed the student body on Thursday. This year, 
the devotional programs were scattered over three days in- 
stead of being concentrated into one day as in previous years. 
These days are looked forward to with a great deal of in- 
terest on the campus. 

The new organ is now installed in the Chapel and adds 
much to the services when it is used. Purchased primarily as 
a practice instrument for the expanding Music Department, 
it is greatly appreciated by the entire student body. 

The Ashland College Basket Ball Team completed the sea- 
son in a blaze of glory last week when they defeated Kent 
State in an overtime game. This was an experimental game 
played under the proposed rules where a long shot counts 
3 points and a foul shot may be made from a longer distance 
to count 2 points instead of the customary one point. While 
the game was not the best played by the college this year, it 
was perhaps the most exciting with first one team and then 
the other ahead. The final score was 55 to 53. Someone fig- 
ured that if the same number of baskets had been made under 
the standard rules, Ashland would have won, 45 to 40. 

Ashland had her most successful season in the past four 
years this ^vinter when the team won 9 and lost 12. Consid- 
ering that no team was played in either an army camp or 
college where there were less boys than at Ashland, we are 
proud of our team. Every member of the team as it com- 
pleted the season has been deferred because of physical dis- 
ability. However, of a squad of 15 who started the season, 
the army or navy took all but seven who finished. 

We plan to have Baseball at Ashland this spring. 

ICati tn SJ^fit 

MILLER. Mrs. Effie Jane (Deeter) Miller was born near 
Berlin, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1886, and departed this life 
at Akron, Ohio, February 8, 1945. The Millers lived for a 
number of years at Berlin where the parents and seven of 
the children united ^vith the Brethren church. 

The late years of sister Miller, and her nine children, has 

MARCH 10, 1945 


been at Akron w'here the seven sons and two daughters grew 
to maturity and made homes for themselves. At the present 
time four of the boys and a son-in-law are in the armed ser- 
vice of their country. In addition to her nine children she is 
survived by four brothers, two sisters and six grandchildren. 
Sister Miller was a devout Christian. One much loved by 
all who knew her. A sincere love and devotion was accorded 
her by her loved ones during her sickness and death. Funeral 
services were conducted from the Adams Funeral Home, Ak- 
ron, Ohio, by Rev. Raymond Gingrich and the writer. May 
the blessed Lord bring comfort to sorrowing hearts. 

W. C. Benshoff . 

PARKS. Jessie Ora (Rager) Parks, daughter of Israel and 
Rachael Rager was born October 10, 1880 at Vinco, Penna. 
and received her promotion to be with her Lord December 
8, 1944, aged 64 years, 1 month and 28 days. In behalf of 
the immediate family and her host of loyal friends we feel 
constrained to congratulate Sister Parks for having out- 
stripped us in life's race. She is absent from the body but 
present with her Lord whom she loved and served. The de- 
ceased's entire life was lived near Vinco and the Conemaugh 
communities. Having accepted Christ as her Savior early in 
childhood, sister Parks never wavered in her faith, trust and 
devotion as a Christian. Even though her membership was in 
the Vinco Brethren Church in early life most of her fellowship 
was in the Conemaugh Brethren Church with which she was 
affiliated at the time of her death. The deceased was mar- 
ried to Rutherford H. Hayes Parks, July 22, 1897, who pre- 
ceded his ■wife to the spirit world November 5, 1918. 

Sister Parks is survived by the following children: Craw- 
ford, Cloyd, Harold, Mrs. Ester Given. One son, Virgil and 
two infants having gone on before to welcome mother on 
the celestial shores of eternity. Ten gi-andchildreji and a host 
of friends mourn her departure. Two brothers — Howard Ra- 
ger of Portage, Pa., and Roy Rager of Conemaugh, and four 
sisters — Mrs. Essie Mackall, Mrs. Grace Ford of Conemaugh, 
Mrs. Annie Davis of Nanty Glo, Mrs. Ida Simmons of Irwin, 
Pa. also constitute the family of devoted bereaved loyal ones. 

Prior to the year 1941 the deceased was caretaker of her 
church for 18 years. She with her beloved husband was a val- 
uable asset to the local congregation. May their tribe increase. 
Funeral services were conducted in the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church by her pastor, the undersigned, assisted by Rev. J. L. 
Bowman, a former pastor and long time friend of the fam- 
ily. The body was laid to rest beside her husband, in the 
Headrick Cemetery, for whose respect sister Parks never 
married another. 

Joseph L. Gingrich, Pastor. 



News From Our 




In the light of the fact that the Vinco, Pennsylvania, Breth- 
ren Church has really come up from disaster in these last 
very few years. It is extremely interesting to chronicle the 
events which have transpired from 1940 to the close of 1944. 

Brother C. Y. Gilmer, their energetic pastor, has chronicled 
these events under the caption, "Your Future in the Light 
of Your Past." 

With the thought that this might prove to be an incentive 
to other churches, even those that have not met with the try- 
ing circumstances which have been the history of the Vinco 
Church, we thought it might be well to pass on this chon- 
ology to the readers of The Evangelist. 

The Year 1940 

June 23. Rev. Gilmer enters the Vinco pulpit as pastor. 
June 30. Rev. J. L. Bo\\mian aids in the Holy Communion 

July 11. Sunday School Picnic at Sandy Run Hunting Club 

August 7. Young Men's Brotherhood started. ' ■ . _ ■ 

August 21. Boys' Brotherhood started. 
August 25. Home Coming Day. 
September 18. Young People's Prayer Meeting and Choir 

work started. 
September 21. Loyalty Association entertained. 
November. Electric pump and bath room fixtures installed in 

the parsonage.. 
November 5. Host to Cambria County Brethren Christian En- 
deavor Union. 
November 10-24. The McCartneysmiths, evangelists. 
December 1. A Sunday School Library is started. 
December 29. The Sunday School began to support District 

December 31. A Watch Night Party Sponsored by the Senior 

Sisterhood nf Mary and Martha and the Young Men's 


The Year 1941 

January 15. Committees were appointed to plan and finance 
remodeling of the church edifice. 

January 29. Vinco celebrates the Sixtieth Anniversary of 
Christian Endeavor. 

April 6-12. Holy Week Services. 

March 9. Girls' Gospel Team from Ashland College. 

April 2. Ladies' Aid sponsors Open House and a Tea at the 

April 13. Easter Sunrise Sej-vice led by Emerson Leidy. An 
Easter Pageant was given by the Senior Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha. 

May 2. Juniata Camp Rally at Berlin, Pennsylvania, attended. 

May 11. Cash Rally for remodelling program. 

May 30. The church building is destroyed by fire while under- 
going repairs. 

June 1. Mr. and Mrs. Blair McDowell invite us to worship 
in their new home. 

June 6. The congregation voted to construct a stone-case 
church edifice. 

June 8. Services were held in the Gospel Tent. 

June 22. Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith preaches. 

June 24. Ladies' Aid conducts Pennsylvania Tour. 

July 3. A Sunday School orchestra is started at the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wissinger. 

July 20-August 3. Tent meetings with Rev. J. Ray Klingen- 
smith, evangelist. 

August 3. Laying of the cornerstone for the new church. 

August 10. Rev. Earl Flora preaches in the tent. 

October 3. The tent is taken down. Services were then held in 
the Ralph Singer home. 

October 4. Church installs telephone in the parsonage. 

November 26. The basement of the new church is arranged 
for worship services. 



November 30. Vinco Laymen organize. 
December 7. Junior Christian Endeavor started. 
December 10. Vinco becomes the first Brethren Church to have 
a lOO^r subscription for THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. 

December 14. A Christian Endeavor contest for attendance 

December 21. A Christmas program by the young people. 

The Year 1942 

February 4. The Ladies' Aid decides to purchase the carpet 

for the neve church. 
February 12. Ladies' Aid holds an Apron Social at the home 

of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Mackall. 
February 22. Laymen's Day Service. Christian Endeavor has 

a Candle Light consecration .service. 
April 5. "The Disciple," an Easter story cantata given by 

the Young People. 
April 12. Brethren Emphasis lessons given. 
May 17. Building Fund Thermometer says $8,014.00. 
May 24. The New Church Dedicated. Cash and pledges cover 

all indebtedness but $2,000.00. 
August 13. The Win-a-Couple Class is organized. 
August 23. Vinco is host to the Home Circle Sunday School 

August 31. Young People's Choir gives concert. 
September 20. A committee is appointed to send remem- 
brances to our boys in military service. 
October 4. Vinco entertains the Brethren Laymen of the Cone- 

maugh Valley. 
October Ifi. Brother and Sister Ralph Singer and son John, 

move to Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, where Brother Singer 

took the pastorate of the Brethren Church for two years. 
October 18. "The Prodigal Son" in song. 
October lO-November 1. Rev. E. L. Miller, evangelist. 
December 1. A good well was drilled — depth 80 feet. 
December 20. Christmas program by the Young People. 

• -' The Year 1943 . ' •" 

January 10. The Woman's Missionary Society sponsors Day 
of Prayer. 

January 19. Millard Mackall goes to his reward. 

January 24. Rev. J. L. Bowman and Rev. Gilmer assist in 
baptismal services at Mt. Pleasant. 

March 20. A Service Roll of our boys in the armed service 
was installed in the church. 

March 2.5. Vinco Sunday School basketball team won all games 
in the Conemaugh Sunday School League. 

April 11. Rev. Gilmer assists in baptismal services at Mt. 

April 18. Sacred Concert by the Young People's Choir. The 
Service Roll dedicated. 

May 16. A concert by The Win-a-Couple Class. 

May 23. First Anniversary .Sunday of the stone church. Re- 
maining indebtedness wiped out. 

June 13. Debt Clearance Day Celebration. 

June 13. In the shadow — Mrs. Matilda Singer. 

June 16. Men's Gospel Team organized. 

June 16. Vinco Church purchases the Allbaugh properties ad- 
jacent to the church for $2,.500.00. 

July 14. Soldier Friend Prayer Band started. 

July 19-21. Vinco is host to the Pennsylvania District Confer- 

September 19. The Gospel Team goes to Vandergrift. 

September 20. Woman's Missionary Society — Group Two — is 

October 3. The demise of L. N. Bartlebaugh. 

October 4-17. Rev. W. S. Benshoff, evangelist. 

October 19. The Men's Chorus makes a start. 

December 19. "The Christmas Story" by the Young People's 

(During this year the parsonage was improved and painted.) 

The Year 1944 

January 17. Knabe Concert Grand Piano purchased. 

January 22. Robert Hagerich taken prisoner by the German 

February 7. The Sunday School purchases a stoker for the 

February 16. Washington Social at the home of W. S. Mackall. 

February 24. Rev. and Mrs. J. L. Bowman move to Vinco. 

April 9. Easter Cantata by The Win-a-Couple Class. 

April 25. District Laymen and Brotherhood meet at Morrell- 

May 21. Men's Chorus and Gospel Team journey to Mt. Pleas- 

May 28. Second Anniversary of the dedication of the new 
church. Men's Chorus give a sacred concert. 

June 6. D-Day Prayer Service. 

June 20. Vinco Laymen's Banquet at Ahvine's. 

July 5. James B. Leamer leaves this world. 

July 1.5. Twenty-six persons in all from Vinco were connected 
with Camp Juniata. 10. Cross Country Tour. 

August 13. Cash Day. Young People's Concert. Remaining 
debt on piano and lots cleared. 

August 29. Laymen have corn roast. 

September 24-October 8. Dr. C. A. Bame, evangelist. 

October 31. Men's Chorus gives Sacred Concert at the Chris- 
tian Church, Ebensburg. 

November 15. In memoriam — Roy W. Leidy, veteran of World 
War II. 

November 24 and 25. Brothei-hood District Convention. 

December 24. Christmas Choir Cantata. 


■ On Sunday evening, February 4th, an Organ and Piano Re- 
cita was rendered at the Elkhart Brethren Church, by Mrs. 
Harry Gilbert and Mrs. Delbert Flora, assisted by a male 
quartet composed of Harvey Crawford, Harry Gilbert, Rex 
Bartmess and Ernest Myers. The program was in charge 
of Mrs. Edward Wilson, director of the churc'h choir. 

Although the weather was extremely bad the. attendance |^ 
was very good. Many music lovers throughout the city of ^ 
Elkhart were present and pronounced the recital of highest 
merit. So fine was it indeed, that a repeat engagement is 
demanded and will be given some time in the future. 

The fallowing word concerning the recital is taken from 
The Elkhart Truth: 

Mrs. Gilbert has been accompanist for the First Brethren 
choir for more than 20 years. She began the study of organ 
4 years ago when the organ was installed in the newly com- 
pleted church auditorium. Mrs. Flora has specialized in piano. 
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ashland (Ohio) 

Their program was: Group one, "In Festive Mood," 
Scarmolin. Group 2, "Pastorale," Guilmant; "Chanson" Gro- 
ton. Group "3, "Lost Chord," Sullivan; "Ave Maria," Schubert; 
"Soldiers of the King," Stults; offertory, "Largo from New 
World Symphony," Dvorak. Group 4, "Kamennoi Ostrow," 
Rubenstein; "Adoration," Borowski. Group 5, "Meditation at - 
the Cross," Lorenz, and "The Holy City," Adams. 







Vol LXVII, No. 11 March 17, 1945 
Missionary Board Number 



The Brethren EvangeHst 

Published weekly, except last week in August 
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Along this line, word from Brother Anton, our 
pastor in Buenos Aires tells us that his son Esteban, 
a fine young man, has decided to give his life to the 
work of the Gospel. He wants to go to Seminary. 
And Magdalena needs and wants more schooling, 
too. We are stepping up in our Foreign program. 
And one grand thing about it is, that our expenses 
will not grow in proportion as our work grows. 
Much of this work which is now foundational Avill 
maintain itself with less expense in the future than 
is required right now. You will remember that all of 
OUR work there is but very new now. We lost what 
our present faithful pastors once built just as we 
lost churches in this country. Their new works are 
flourishing infinitely faster than the old attempts, 
partly because of the disintegration of Catholic in- 
fluence there. And by the waj^, you would be sur- 
prised and delighted to hear these Argentina pas- 
tors preach. They are excellent pulpit men and very 
diligent pastors. 

Just to mention it, we have had a lot of joy in 
recent months in witnessing the good mission giv- 
ing of our Brethren people in Kentucky. These peo- 
ple have been doing splendidly, and it is very greatly 
appreciated. And has it occurred to you that every 
church almost has reached far ahead in its steward- 
ship? Maybe our little denomination is not so small 
as we often think. We certainly can testify that we 
have a lot of faithful people and pastors. 


From South America this week comes more en- 
couraging word about the plans for the new church 
soon to be built in Rosario. Think what it will mean 
for Brother Zeche to unite his four congi-egations of 
that city of a half million into one great congrega- 
tion. And at that they will unite those congrega- 
tions in a real church building, not a tent. For six 
years the tent has been their central meeting place. 
And it gets mighty hot in Argentina in the Sum- 
mer and far too cold in the Winter to expect women 
and children to gather in a tent. Then rains and 
winds make it mighty difficult, especially when they 
occur on Sunday. , ' 

Great hopes have been springing up that perhaps 
before too long a couple of new churches in our de- 
nomination will be built. This will prove a wonder- 
ful joy to .all of us if the plans and hopes soon ma- 
terialize. Muncie, Indiana is leaning forward in that 
direction and we hear it rumored that Canton, Ohio 
is also getting set with some plans and real hopes. 
Undoubtedly these two fine congregations will find 
all of the rest of us ready to help in every possible 
way at the opportune moment. 

And Nappanee, Indiana already has some $35,000 
towards their new church ! Brother Bowman told us 
that he believes they will inaugurate the Quarterly 
Cash Day system which Elkhart has used so suc- 
cessfully. Isn't it wonderful to see the real spark of 
devotion to our Lord's work flame up in times when 
the real test comes. Congratulations, Nappanee. We 
had the pleasure of speaking to the Northern Indiana 
Brotherhood of men there just recently in the United 
Brethren Church which so kindly opened their doors 
to us. 

MARCH 17, 1945 



o r I a I s 

By. J. Ray Klingensmith 

If We Cannot 
Have a Regular 
# Conference this Year 

Problems have been projected into our regular 
routine of operation which must be considered ob- 
jectively. The circumstances of a Nation at war, with 
all of the attendant problems on the home front as 
well as those on foreign fronts to be faced of neces- 
sity alter our regular habits. However, we will be 
wise to continue our efforts \vith all of our energy, 
and to use to our advantage such changes as may 
be forced upon us from time to time, if we can. 

It as yet is not certain that we can have General 
Conference. And it is not certain that we cannot 
have it. However, regardless of the possibility, per- 
haps it would be a very great advantage to us this 
year if we did not have the regular General Con- 

For years our Conference has been faced with a 
congestion which arises from the fact that we at- 
tempt to hold a Conference and a Convention both 
at once. The Boards attempt to hold their regular 
annual business sessions in the afternoon after the 
long morning is spent in the Convention, and their 
Board sessions are not too successful because a num- 
ber of the members are also members of other 
M] boards. But regardless of even that, there are still 
some great advantages that would accrue from omit- 
ting the regular conference in favor of a skeleton 
Conference or a full fledged Conference of all Boards. 

It is our humble opinion (and opinion only) that 
our entire denomination would profit very much 
from a Conference of all Boards and Committees of 
our Brethren Conference. Our Executive Committee 
could budget our time for meeting through the day, 
avoiding as far as possible the conflicts, and then all 
of the Boards combined could meet in the evenings 
to report to all other Boards what our objectives, 
problems, omissions, and business is faced with. 
Thus every Board would have a more perfect knowl- 
edge of every other Board, and the whole process 
would tend to unify our entire denominational prob- 

It is ridiculous but true that most of us are guilty 
of not seeing the forest because of our own near- 
by trees. We become so involved in our own work 
that it becomes the too important part of the denom- 
ination to us. This then tends to have all and each 
of us working in separate directions, which in real- 
ity not a one of us would do purposely. For we are 
all concerned about the problems of every other 
phase of our denomination. Only we have not had 
opportunity to understand the tremendous problems 
which each other faces ; and thus we just do not fully 
appreciate the other situation. Now would it not be 
a fine venture for us to all meet as combined Boards 
in the evening and be asked questions and given ad- 
vice and council from each other so that we could 
all see the whole picture instead of too much of our 
own phase of the work? 

Now we have written this in view of what other 
denominations are doing and in view of what seems 
to be an expedient for the present stage of our Na- 
tional circumstances. We have been asked to refrain 
from having inter-state conventions, and what would 
be the reaction, or would there be reaction with the 
public with whom we work if we did go on with a 
convention anyway ? But even regardless of that, it 
seems to us that the Conference of all Boards would 
be more valuable than the other for one year any- 
way. And could not the Conference officers just hold 
over into the next year? 

Now please do not take it for granted that this is 
to be as we hereby suggest. This is merely an edi- 
torial and a question about which we are not our- 
selves positive. We believe it would be well worth 
the consideration and attention of our Boards and 
Executive Committee. If it isn't good then we hope 
it will not be done. However, the problems involved 
in ti'aveling by trains and buses these days, and the 
problems involved in reaching Ashland in those ways 
from some directions makes us wonder if we are not 
imposing quite a burden on our people in expecting 
them to come to a full fledged regular conference] 
And we still think, at least now, that our entire de- 
nomination would wonderfully benefit from having 
an adequate time for all of its Boards to do their 
business correctly and in synchronization with all 
other Boards. 

A sacrifice of self to God's will made halfway or even 
nine-tenths, is a tormenting, grinding experience. 



A Better Brethr 

en rrogram 






We have been keenly conscious, even sensitively 
conscious for the entire time that we have been in 
the Missionary office that our program of Home 
Missions is not strong. This has given us concern be- 
yond explanation. We have faced the problem from 
this angle and that and with every kind of substi- 
tute, which in the long run still is not .a Home Mis- 
sion Program, such as any denomination should 

You have witnessed, and faithfully supported sub- 
stitutes for such a program even. And this has been 
deeply appreciated. And you have asked questions 
and wondered. And this too has been appreciated. 
There have been problems which we have faced from 
the beginning. 

To begin with we too were faced with two wars ! 
One within the denomination in 1939 and the other 
smaller one in the whole world later! The first one 
left us with not quite enough pastors to take care of 
the pulpits that needed ministers. The second one 
took our young men who would now be ready to sup- 
ply those pulpits and many new ones, which would 
then have given us the adequate Home Mission Pro- 
gram. To take men from churches where thousands 
of dollars have been spent and years of time have 
been involved into new areas by offering them 
larger salaries, still would not be a gain. It would 
offer a fine opportunity to put pictures in the Mis- 
sionary Magazine of the "fast gi'owing" new points 
and to ask for more money to support them ; but in 
the truer facts we would only be losing an older 
church and starting a newer one unless we had a 
fresh supply of preachers from somewhere. This may 
have satisfied that itch that gets into our hearts "to 
do something about it" but in the long run we would 
just have created a number of vacant pulpits, to 
lose the investments of years in others. 

Thus we did find something to do, that maybe in 
the sight of the dear Lord was just as good. And 
maybe it was better. We put food into the mouths 
of starving people in His Name. And we believe that 
inasmuch as we did it unto them we did it unto Him. 
We shall ever have a larger respect for the Brethren 
denomination, and we believe so shall the rest of 
the world, for the way our people responded to these 
calls for pure mercy, in which we gained nothing. 
We merely gave away of ourselves in His name, hop- 
ing it would help a little. And even in this we did 
not do at all in comparison with so many other peo- 
ples. Surely it did us good to open our hands and 
hearts this bit. And it made a good substitute in 
doing something for God's Cause, while we could not 

do the work of building new churches and starting 
new points. 

Obviously, however, a denomination could not con- 
tinue forever in this policy. Although at that it could 
continue longer on that kind of a program than no 
program at all ; yet it could not grow and retain its 
Mission giving and fervor by doing that alone. 

We have had another substitute which cannot al- 
ways remain as the program called "missions." That^ 
is a misnomer. We have been applying it to ouiV 
ministry of church aid. Of course we want to give 
aid and help to other churches where hazards and 
temporary problems have made it urgent that the_ 
other churches come to their temporary assistance. 
But when this becomes an excuse for that church 
which receives the help to impose upon the more 
sacrificing churches then it should not continue. Most 
of all it certainly should not be called "missions." 
When the people of such a church do not sacrifice 
and work and grow and progress like the other 
churches of the denomination, then it is definitely 
wrong to penalize the good churches for their suc- 
cess by expecting them to contribute of their money 
to churches that will not work and succeed. This is 
too obvious. We have probably been questioned more 
about that by pastor and people than about any other 
phase of our mission program. Churches which have 
been receiving help for a number of years are singled 
out as an example and then serious objections are 
raised that we call it a "mission" program by con- 
tinuing to help them, when there is so little soul 
winning accomplished there or so little growth and 
life manifested. 

However, again this does not prove that circum- 
stances within some areas and small congregations 
are not such that they should be helped, even though{|[ 
old churches. Such problems as this arise: suppos- 
ing a congregation is twenty years old and has been 
receiving help for years and still is receiving help. 
The suggestion is so often raised that they should 
just be dropped. But then, should all the investment 
of the years in the property just be "dropped" and 
forgotten? Sometimes it is necessary to just continue 
paying into them to save them from complete loss in 
which everyone concerned would lose everything in- 
vested. This becomes a problem. Too, different areas 
are faced with changing circumstances of work 
and drought and such things that could not be 
helped. Thus to just drop the church and lose it 
seems poor too. 

However, would it not be more wise to distinguish 
between these fields of endeavor by re-naming the 

MARCH 17, 1945 



appeal? For instance Home Mission work could be 
called that work of starting new churches and help- 
ing them for only a few years, expecting them to 
soon grow up and carry on their own program. Af- 
ter possibly five or eight years of help they should 
be sufficiently tested to know whether they will make 
a go of it or not. If they are riddled by inner strife 
and confusion and that is the i-eason for their tar- 
diness in arriving into a full fledged church, then 
certainly the denomination's money for a quarter of 
a century should not be coaxed out of successful 
churches for them. But surely a work to be "mission" 
must have within it the business of salvation and 
levangelization and growth and giving, etc. When 
the work remains stagnant for years and years does 
it not cease to be "mission?" It is merely a sort of 
a charity or aid fund which very few enjoy except 
those who receive it. 

This problem has worried us for some time. We 
have often felt that a time period should be placed 
upon a congregation that is receiving help, it know- 
ing very well that at the end of a certain period it 
could not receive more. Furthermore its appropria- 
tions should be decreased each year in order to in- 
crease its own strength. Naturally, no absolute rule 
of the Medes and Persians will fit all circumstances 

equally^ but after due consideration of the congrega- 
tion and situation involved this could be evaluated, 
and then held to. 

Another phase of "home missions" which we have 
altogether neglected and in which we have lost in 
value to our strong churches is that of the larger 
and stronger churches starting such a venture them- 
selves nearby. This would greatly stir up the activ- 
ity and talent in any congregation doing it. It would 
challenge the young people for leadership, the choir 
for special music, the people who are given to ex- 
hortation in a church for preaching, and those who 
love to see new works growing, to giving. The work 
could be supervised and cared for by the mother 
church sponsoring it. This would be a great program 
in any church. It would answer many a pastor's need 
in giving his people something really great to do for 
the Lord. We are strongly in favor of it. In truth. 
District and National Mission boards can only with 
much difficulty come into your city and start such 
a work; and even with more difficulty enter a city 
in which there are no Brethren people known, to 
start it. The ideal method would be for the good, 
strong congi-egations to sponsor these fine works. 
Our mission churches in Argentina grow strong by 
taking on a new mission church of their own. 


Did Simon know when he went with the crowd 
That he would be compelled to share the load ? 

That he would walk that day up Calvary's road 
Beside a God in grief and sorrow bowed? 

Can it be true the Lord may need us still, 
The humble folk, to walk with him, to bear 

His cross ? The cross we would not need to share. 
Had we not followed him up Calvary's hill ? 

Did Simon chafe beneath the heavy load, 

Beneath the burden of the wood, the shame ? 

Or did he share the. fellowship of pain 
As he with Christ went up the Calvary road ? 

Would Simon follow of his own accord 

That rugged way again, with Christ the Lord? 

— Mary Stoner Wine. 



The Go 

Ye of the Christian Life 

Editor's note: Lester King gives us here a very fine article. 
Tliis will be appreciated by many readers 

Rev. L. V. King 

To live the Christian Life is the greatest challenge 
that can come to the human mind and heart. There 
is a tendency to think that everything in the world is 
small and each little item has little significance. But 
let us think just a little of the bigness of Divine and 
human life and of things. 

1st. God is a great God. This statement though 
brief challenges us. God Himself is so big, great and 
powerful that our minds can hardly grasp the truth 
of the statement. His Love is so great we cannot 
understand its far reaching effects in life. 

2nd. God Ims a big ivorld. This challenging state- 
ment too is almost beyond our minds to understand. 
We say today, the world is small. By that of course 
we mean that we can in a short time traverse it. 
But Livingstone did not realize the size of Africa 
until he began to enter into some of its vast terri- 
tory. This war has helped us to realize the size of 
tlie Pacific. We have heard of islands we did not 
know existed. Just as Columbus explored new lands 
so we are finding new territory. 

But this world is not only big in size but rich in 
beauty and in material. It is also great in the amount 
of water we find on its surface. 

Srd. God has a great, big, work to accomplish in 
this his great, big ivorld. We believe in the begin- 
ning this earth was just as God wanted it. But sin 
has entered and marred that perfection not only in 
human life but in the natural creation. God placed 
the first pair in a beautiful garden. But we believe 
the whole world was a garden, in the beginning. But 
we read that God is at work in his world. What is 
that work? It is the making of this world of His 

a garden again. And some day it will blossom as a 
rose. But He can never improve the world without 
first improving men in the world. So God has not 
only a great work for the world itself but for man 
who lives in the world. This man, of whom he said: 
"Till the soil." (V 

So after all the great task is to redeem men. For 
men in sin will always mar the beauty of the garden. 

■^th. The next great statement is : "God has a great 
Son to carnj out this great work in this great ivorld. 
This Son said of Himself : "And I IF I be lifted up 
from the earth will draw all men unto me." Christ 
made no greater statement than this. For when He 
deals with human nature which is sinful. He is not 
dealing with material things which cannot fight 
back. For man has a will to think for himself and a 
strength to fight against God and a mind to act 
against Him. 

There is howevei' a condition in this great text. 
And it takes but a very small word of two letters 
to make of non effect the statement. It is the word 
"IF." But that word itself leads me to make the fifth 
great statement which challenges us. 

5th. God has had and still has some great men in 
this great ivorld who are helping Him do this great 
work. In every age he has had these men. When we 
'study the Old Testament we cannot help but think 
that these men were superior to other men. They 
lived far above the average man. They were moun- 
taintop men. The same thing was true during thejf 
life of our Lord on this earth. Take for instance at " 
the Cross. You have the great large mob on the one 
hand and you have on the other some great women 
and a few choice souls who rose above the babble of 
noise and confusion. Even the centurion proved to be 
one of these men when he said: "Surely, this was 
the Son of Man." The only fault is that at least at 
the time he could not bring himself to say: "Truly, 
this is the Son of God." ■ 

Then too we find as we read Church history that 
the vvorld has seen some great men. Men with great 
minds, men with great souls, men with great talents. 
Even today, in the midst of the world's confusion 
of war there are some great souls. In fact God has 
never had a period in this woild's history but what 

MARCH 17, 1945 


He has liad great men. But this at once leaves a 
challenge to every one of us. Are we great men? 

The last great challenging statement which is the 
thought I have in mind in presenting this article is : 
God still needs big men to carry out this big work 
in this great world. And God in His great Book, ut- 
tered through His great Son, expresses this chal- 
lenge in a short statement. We call it the great Com- 
mission and it reads : "Go ... Ye into all the world." 
This is a definite command from the lips of our Lord 
just before ascending into heaven. And I want you 
to see that this is not a suggestion, nor is it a sim- 
ple exhortation. Christ is not simply pleading here. 
He is giving a definite and direct command. He 
speaks here as a Captain to his soldiers. In the army 
there is a tendency of "passing the buck." So all 
commands must come in the form of a demand. It 
is the only way a General can hold in command a 
great army of men. 

I have often wondered if Christ did not under- 
stand human nature enough to know that we too 
often "pass the buck" when it comes to spiritual ser- 
vice. No wonder He comes to us through His word 
with this command, "Go . . . Ye . . . into all the 
world." The resurrection of Jesus had just taken 
place. He had appeared to His followers. He had 
convinced them that He was their Messiah. He is 
now ready to ascend to the Father. So He gives His 
last message to the world, in person. So just before 
His ascension into heaven He said : "Go . . . Ye . . . 
into all the world." 

This command does come to us in loving entreaty, 
yet with great force and power. I take it that the 
last words of any person, who at least is aware they 
are his last words, are very important. When friends 
separate they say: "Now, don't forget." The parting 
words of a mother to her son before he sails for over 
seas duty in war are words weighed with great 
thoughts. The words of a dying person have great 
value in life. I shall never forget the last words of 
my mother to me personallj% on her dying bed. They 
will never leave me. 

Now Jesus had begun an important work. The 
big work of the world. The work for which Gqd sent 
Him. It was the greatest work of the world ; a work 
more important than the winning of this war. A 
work, which if we neglect, we will be but setting the 
pace for another even greater conflict. For war does 
not change human hearts. Even though we might 
let the statement: "There are no atheists in fox 
holes" go unchallenged we must still remember, 
there are thousands who will not enter these fox 
holes. War, which has for its purpose destroying the 
enemy will not lend itself to a Gospel which bids us 
to save mankind. 

So Jesus had just started the greatest work of the 
world. But we must also remember this work was 
only started by Christ. The message had been given 
only to a few men. But these few men were com- 
manded to "Go . . . into all the world." And the men 
to whom these few went, also sent out the command 
to "GO." And that has been the message of the Gos- 
pel ever since. It has never changed. The Command 
is ever true. It is ever before us. What are we going 
to do about the command? 

But perhaps I should not appeal to a Christian in 
the form of a Command, even though Jesus gave it 
as such. For when we become a Christian we come 
into a new relationship with our Lord. And this re- 
lationship ought to be fully realized. 

1. We must remember tJmt this relatio7iship has 
been bought with a price. It was the price of the 
blood of Christ Himself. He purchased us with His 
own blood. And when we became Christians we ac- 
cepted the price He paid. Therefore we are not our 
own. We are the subjects of Him who redeemed us. 
We are therefore duty bound to please Him who 
has bought us. 

2. No'W this relationship involves neiv responsibili- 
ties. Responsibilities never dreamed of before. And 
one of the first demands as well as pleasures is to 
become a missionary for Christ. In fact we are am- 
bassadors, representatives for Him. That's the rea- 
son Christ has the right to command "Go . . . Ye." 
And we ought to rejoice that He has called us into 
this great and holy Work, the greatest work in the 

''GO YE'' 

church of Christ, thy Master's call 
Sounds ill thine ears; and over all 
The tumults and the strifes of men. 
His great commission sounds again: 
"Go ye to earth's remotest bound. 
Throughout the world my gospel sound; 
Loud let your silver trumpet ring. 
Proclaim God's kingdom and his King." 



Instead of shifting responsibility or neglecting it 
we ought to thank Him and accept it as a great joy 
and blessing. 

S. A'Ud this obligation is to the whole ivorld. We 
cannot think of so great a work stopping at our 
back door, oi' even to our neighbor. In fact our 
neighbor is the one to whom we can do service re- 
gardless of distance. For all distances are wiped 
away in this great program. Christ pointed out that 
the field is the world. God's scope embraces the 
whole world. "For God so loved the world ..." "I 
am come to save the world ..." "Go ... ye into all 
the world . . . And the Brethren Church ought to 
accept this plea: "The whole Christ for a Whole 
World by a Whole Church." If we do not we cannot 
lay claim to the last statement. In fact we cannot 
lay claim to any of the 3 statements. 

4. So the greatest need of the Brethren Church is 
to he stirred to the depths ivith a Divine passion 
for the countless millions ivithout Christ. 

The vision of our Church has been entirely too 

small. Because we are small in number we excuse 
ourselves by saying that our work is limited. The 
only thing that will limit our work is our faith. 
Vision is not limited by numbers. We can be just 
as lavge as our faith is large. And never has the 
world become so needy. And never in all our his- 
tory will the opportunities be so great as after this 
war. Thank God, that there are a great number of 
young people seeing this vision and are volunteering 
for this service. But the more volunteers for active 
service the greater the demand for money to send 

Yes, we have a great God who has a great Son, 
carrying on a great work in a great world, through 
great men. The question that challenges us is: "Are 
we one of these great men?" I close with this chal- 
lenging statement made by many a live, awake pas- 
tor: "Give me a Church with a great Evangelistic 
and Missionary program and I'll show you a great 
Church." Is my Church great? Is your Church 




Into your home this week you have received information of our Brethren Foreign Missions in South America. We have 
a program that is reaching people every single day. Growing Congregations are only awaiting help for buildings. Young 
people are awaiting word from us at this minute for their training in seminaries to become native pastors and evangelists. 

As never before, we can assure you that we have a great program of Evangelism and Church building right now in 

The Easter Offering this very Easter tells your Board exactly what it may do. We know you are interested. Great goals 
have already been set by many of our churches. We feel confident that this will be our greatest year in Foreign Missions. 

Some Argentine Brethren 

MARCH 17, 1945 


What Our Lord's 
Resurrection Means to Me 

"He is not here, but ts risen: remember how be spake 
unio yoti ivben He was yet in Galilee, saying. The Son 
ot Man musi be delivered into ihe hands of sinful men, 
and be cruciUed. and the third day rise again." 

J. Ray Klingensmith 

If ever across the dim and empty hollows of the 
past centuries there has come a single shaft of joy 
and hope for us today, it is thrice voiced in the res- 
urrection of our blessed Lord from his grave, and 

We simply cannot go it alone ! Our world about us 
today gives multiplied evidence that we are quite a 
bad lot. And even the perpetration of our badness 
does not bring us help, or save us. Our problems only 
grow. Our futility of living without a more glorious 
hope than we find in the things about us becomes 
more obvious each day. Surely we are driven with 
Simon Peter to say "Lord, to whom else shall we go? 
Thou alone hast the keys to eternal life." He proved 
that He does have them by his resurrection. His res- 
urection from the dead proved once and for all that 
He is the Master and Lord even over death. 

What a thing for us to know! That common en- 
emy of man that is the fear of all men, need not be 
^feared at all any more. The Lord who is OUR Lord 
is the Master of that enemy. As with the same power 
by which He made all things and without which not 
anything was made, he easily walked out of death's 
clutches. Even Moses could not do that; nor David; 
nor Solomon, nor Isaiah nor any other. He could. 
And He did. It was to the amazement of the most 
unbelieving generation ever known that He did it, 
too. They grew up with Him and hated Him. They 
wouldn't help a bit. He did it alone. So much the 
greater victory. And He did it all for us. He didn't 
do it for Himself, for He did not have to. He did it 
for us, for we would have perished each in his own 
miserable sins if He hadn't. "0 the depths of the 
riches!" He entered into combat with death, and into 
death itself, for such undeserving sinners as we each 
prove to be within the confines and weaknesses of 
our own hearts. 

You who are older and worry about death. You 
who are sick and have such an experience ahead 
gnawing at your heart. Think ! Jesus did not die in 
vain. He died and rose again that first Easter that 
we might live, and not die ! God the Father approved 
it and still does. It was the most significant thing 
ever done or that ever could be done. By one stroke 
He wiped out our guilt and sin. He wiped out what 
we would have faced for our sins, death. He proved 
His ability to be powerful enough with God and with 
death to save us. Such a fact cannot help but awaken 

marvelous hope even in the hearts of the very worst 
and most hopeless sinners. Now there are no utter- 
ly hopeless sinners after such a victory as He had 
over death. For He is not willing that any should 
perish, but that all through Him might be saved. 



His resurrection from the dead also proved that 
God the Father in Heaven approved His work. He 
had said that His Father would raise him up. He had 
long before said that his soul would not be left in 
sheol. He even told them to destroy his body and in 
three days He would raise it up. Why the amazing 
implications of God the Father's attitude on the 
part of the sinner are stupendous in this. He couldn't 
wait to find a way to pardon every sinner! Only 
three days after His own son had gone to death, 
barely time enough to witness before generations 
long since gone, that they too might be saved, God 
called him back into the world of the living! It was 
all right with God! The same poor sinners who had 
been once before called out of their worldly lives 
and had now gone back to them, were quickly noti- 
fied and REDEEMED ! What a vast difference ! They 
did not quit after that. No wonder man can now 
sing, "Fade, fade each earthly joy, Jesus is mine!" 
All other losses are only temporary now. One has 
in reality gained everything in having the forgive- 
ness and favor of God the Father in heaven through 
the raising of His son from the dead, to prove it. 

His resurrection from the dead set Him apart as 
superior to all other human beings. In fact it re- 
vealed an identification with God. the Father in 
Heaven such as no other man ever had. He had said 
that He and his Father were one. He said he came 
out of the bosom of His Father. He had said that he 
existed before the world began. He had even said 
He was going back to His Father. Men do not talk 
like that. At least intelligent men do not. And His 
keen intelligence is still ahead of the best that can 
be produced. He was part of His Father or He would 
not have spoken as He did. 

Now this again brings us great joy and sure hope. 
For we are not trusting in mere man to save us from 
our miserable sin and failure and habits. He is more 
than man. He is God, too. And He was tempted in all 
points like as we are, as a man, and yet He was su- 
perior to the devil in His temptation and more than 
equal to death in its attempt to claim Him. So while 
as a man He is the truth, so also as God He is the 
way and the life too. He is thus all we need to save 
us from our sins as a man who understands us and 
as a God who can save us. 

No wonder they stirred in Galilee! No wonder 
new heat leaped into their work! No wonder they ^^ 
babbled and talked and hurried and ran and became '>- 
excited and went almost wild in it. Who wouldn't ! 

Oh God pity me today if I can't wrap my poor old 
failures and hopeless efforts with myself and others 
around that same fact and leap to the same new 
heights and victories that they realized! Oh thank 
God that today "there is a balm in Gilead" and that 
it returns each Easter to whispei' its secrets of heal- 
ing to us. We need them ! 

Triumphantly He announced : because I live ye 
shall live also! And He said it to Simon Peter (!) 
and Mary Magdalene ( !) and self-righteous Nathan- 
iel, and to all the world, for WHOEVER believeth 
in Him is welcomed into His redemption. 

Christian people and churches! Why in the 
world do we get so discouraged ? We sometimes think 
that just because we have failed THAT has failed. 
It cannot fail ! It is eternal. Thank God that it does 
not depend upon our success or it would have long 
ago been lost to the world. 


To those who have tried and seemingly have failed, 
Reach out, dear Lord, and comfort them today; 

For those whose hope has dimmed, whose faith has paled, 
Lift up some lighted heavenly l^orch, I pray. 

They are so frightened, Lord; reach out a hand; 

Tliey are so hurt and helpless; be their friend. 
Baffled and blind, they do not understand — 

They think this dark and tangled road the end. 

Oh, touch to flame their hope that has burned low, 
And strike with fire faiths' ashes that are dead; 

Let them walk proudly once again, and go 
Seeking the sure and steadfast light ahead. 

Help them to move among their fellow men 
With courage to live, courage to try again. 

Grace Nowell Crowell. 

MARCH 17, 1945' 


A Letter 

We are all feeling very happy and grateful for the 
way our first Summer Camp for young people turned 
out. As soon as word came from Brother Klingen- 
smith that we could go ahead and get a new tent and 
also undertake the Summer Camp, Tito and Norman 
set out to make sure of a place. It did not take them 
long to find a spot that turned out to be ideal. The ac- 
companj'ing pictures will give you an idea of the 
abundance of shady willows and the wide river with 
its sparkling fresh water ever inviting the young 
people to plunge in for a s^^im. Since we had no 
equipment whatever, except the tent we used for 
meetings in Cordoba, it looked as though we would 
run into many difficulties. But it was finally agreed 
with Brother Zeche that the group of workers in 
Cordoba should go ahead with plans and try things 
out by way of experimentation. It had been one of 
my f ather"'s dreams to have a place for good Summer 
Camps for young people and especially for those who 
wish to consecrate their lives to the work of the 
Lord. We prayed earnestly that this first attempt 
would not be a failure. The first thing was to create 
confidence and good will towards it. So many par- 
ents are afraid to have their children out of their 
sight. They have fears about the weather, accidents, 
etc. But some of us were sure things would be all 
. right. Norman (my son) has a little tent that he 
made himself. It is light enough to carry on his bi- 
cycle and big enough to shelter four people lying 
down, if necessary. This was very useful for the first 
ones who went out to prepare the place. They cer- 
tainly worked hard pulling weeds, making shelters 
for cooking and other purposes, and setting up the 
large tent. We were able to use four small tents, be- 
sides the large one, so that everybody was comfort- 
ably accommodated. 

As it was time for a conference of the workers, 
we thought it would be nice to have them come to the 
hills with their families, thus we could see if we 
could adequately take care of, and present a program 
for young people. After all, very little was spent on 
equipment for the shelters cost nothing. Each Camp- 
er brought his own cot and bed and clothing, and 
also a plate and eating utensils. So the only things 
to buy were kettles, lamps, and a few other things 
for general use. The new tent will be purchased in 

the early Spring for evangelistic campaigns. The 
workers enjoyed two weeks together and were quite 
pleased with the set-up. The men were good at bring- 
ing and chopping the wood, which was very abundant 
around there. The women all cooperated in prepar- 
ing the meals, and you should have seen the children 
take turns at scouring those black kettles. For the 
young people's camp we were able to secure the ser- 
vices of a cook. A small horn served to announce the 
regular hours for all activities. We have seen where 
improvements can be made for another year, for 
instance Tito would like to build bunks, etc. It was 
his idea to make the small raft we used for getting 
across the river to the road side. The strip of land 
where we were situated belongs to the government 
and is not for sale. It is between the river and the 
railroad line. Provisions were brought from Cor- 
doba, either on the train or on bicycles. We could get 
milk, meat, and other things near there. 


The different meetings were held in beautiful 
recesses under the trees. The workers met in the 
mornings to make plans for the year's work. One 
of the principal things planned was that of exten- 
sion by means of the scouting missionary. This work 
will be carried on by Brother Iztueta. When he has 
something started and needs a helper he will call on 
Miss Kugler and Brother Varela. Here is where ths 
new tent will come in handy. Towns to be canvassed 
Were suggested by Brother Zeche and are in our dis- 
trict between Rosario and Cordoba. While our pres- 
ent missions are in cities where other denominations 
work, there are many people who only have a faint 
notion of the Gospel and have never really heard 
the Bible truths. 

In the afternoons we had very nice meetings di- 
rected by the different workers. We had many vis- 
itors at these meetings from the neighboring coun- 
try houses. Two ladies, especially, who were spend- 
ing their summer there, were very eager to know 
about the Gospel. When they left for Buenos Aires 
they subscribed to Testigo Fiel, our own Brethren 
paper published here, and promised to attend church 
whenever possible. , 

On Sunday mornings we had Sunday School with 
an attendance of forty. Sunday evenings there was 
a preaching service which was also well attended. 
Most of these people had to cross the river in the 
little raft. During the Young People's Camp there 
were two sessions a day. Brother Iztueto gave talks 
on methods for studying and interpreting the Scrip- 
tures, and Miss Kugler had missionary studies. There 
were from 20 to 30 young people in these sessions. 



During all this time the meetings were not neg- 
lected at home as we were only 15 miles from Cor- 
doba city, every week-end a couple of the young 
people would come to take care of the meetings here. 
They would generally make the trip on their bicycles, 
but if there were provisions to get, the trip was 
made by train. Gas is rationed here too and the" trains 
were always crowded. 

We feel that the camp was a success, for every 
one is hoping to come back next year. We hope we 
can accommodate more people by turns next year. 
We would like to follow as closely as possible the 
methods you have worked out up there. 

As the weather is still nice we hope to have some 
tent campaigns yet in the cities. Pray for us that 
this may be a great year for the winning of souls to 
Christ. We are really very grateful for all the ef- 
forts you folks put forth to keep this work going 
down here. 



Eleanor Yoder Romanenghi. 


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nd Th 


The last couple of months have taken us to many 
of our Brethren churches where busy pastors and 
congregations took time out to listen to our report on 
our South American churches and to see the 1600 
feet of color film covering the trip. 

We have enjoyed many surprises in these appear- 
ances. Starting at South Bend, Indiana and as was 
the case in almost every other church, the crowds 
were surprising. This shows a very great concern 
about our work in Argentina. Every Sunday has 
taken us to a different church and many have been 
visited through the week. Peru, Indiana gave us a 
great reception with the auditorium and balcony 
well occupied. Elkhart, Berlin, Pennsylvania, Louis- 
ville, Ohio, Pleasant Hill, Muncie, Oakville, New 
Paris, and all of the other churches visited have 
brought us great joy with their fine interest. 

There is a striking interest in mission work in 
South America, not only by our own denomination 
but by others. We have also spoken to Civic groups 
and twice to medical associations. An appointment 
this week takes us to a business men's brotherhood. 

Some of our good Brethren folks have expressed 
great optimism about our coming Easter Offering. 
Many of our churches are setting very high goals. 

Thank God that the true mission spirit of our Breth- 
ren not only remains, but is growing. Christianity 
has always been missionary from its roots up. If 
anything will save a local church, missionary zeal 
will. Actually it works. It is the heart and essence 
of the Christian faith. 


Dr. Roy L. Smith in The Christian Advocate says, "The 
weakness of much modern religious effort is that we have 
lost our spirit of desperation. Our fathers talked about sin 
as if it wei-e a fatal disease, for which nothing but the gi-ace 
of God could be the cure. Sinners were warned that nothing 
less than the forgiveness of God, made possible through 
Jesus Christ, would ever suffice to make them riglit. 

"Much modern talk about sin leaves the sinner with the 
impression that he is a victim, entirely without responsibility 
for his sinning or his sinfulness. Salvation, in such a case, 
becomes little more than ^ 'change of social environment,' 
or a 'release from our inhibitions.' 

"But perhaps eveji more serious is the fact that tliis kind 
of talk leaves the Christian without any serious concern over 
the fact that his non-Christian friend continues in his sin. 

"It is exactly at this point that the church of today is fail- 
ing. It is alarmed over its empty pews, with its declining 
statistics, and its waning effectiveness. But it is not ex- 
hibiting desperation over the fact that human lives by the 
millions are being ruined on every hand because of sin. 

"If the present days make anything crystal clear it is 
that sin is a tragic and fatal business both for nations and 
for individual men. The war is having the effect of brutaliz- 
ing the entire race. The spirit of men, and of mankind, is 
becoming foul and debauched. The blood lust of the primeval 
is coming to the surface . . . The breakdown in modem mor- 
als is working havoc on every hand. Life for our youth is 
being corrupted beyond description." 

But what is the church doing in the face of "this tide of 
horrors?" Is it denouncing evil and witnessing for righteous- 
ness with a passionate devotion to the principles for which 
it is supposed to stand? Says Dr. Smith: 

"In all too many sectors it maintains its complacency. It 
builds beautiful cathedrals and invites the people to come 
in and listen, whereas Jesus declared we must go out and 
find the people where they are and compel them to listen." 

Preachers, too, have lost their sense of desperation. "In too 
many cases," says Dr. Smith, the sermon "leaves the impres- 
sion with the audience that the preacher does not think it 
makes much difference whether his sermon is preached that 
morning or not. Nothing is more certainly fatal in preach- 
ing the gospel . . . There will be no coming of the. kingdom 
until the heralds of that kingdom become desperate." 

We welcome this challenging call. It is needed by Chris- 
tians of all denominations. In an hour of despei'ate emer- 
gency God needs desperate men. That is why He says, "Be- 
cause thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will 
spue thee out of My mouth." He has no use for lukewarm 
Christians. The,y are a liability, not an asset, to God's cause 
of truth. With history hastening to its climax and the world 
rushing to its doom, He expects His followers to share His 
concern for perishing humanity, His hatred of sin, His love 
for sinners. His compassion for the sad and suffering. He 
demands that our hearts shall be on fire for Him. — Civic Bul- 

MARCH 17, 1945 


Tliose Other Sheep 

He has other sheep by the millions but they have not yet 
been rescued from the lonely chasms of despair and guilt. 
Busily his missionaries are working in all countries. It is so 
different there. People love the gospel. But our under shep- 
herds need help. With our Easter Offering this year we hope 
to train new pastors and young students for helping Him 
rescue some of His other sheep. 

I know not why He loved me; 

I had no claim on Him, 
With nothing to commend me 

But guilt and shame and sin. 

No beauty was about me, 
No virtue and no good; 

He only chose to love me, 
And that, because He would. 

Yes; this is all the reason 
That I can know or find. 

Why He to me, so worthless, 
Should be so very kind. 

Oh! Is it any wonder 

That now my theme should be 
"The Son of God, who loved me. 

And gave Himself for me?" 


Dear God the, Shepherd of us all 
Grant we may hear the urgent call 
That comes from folds where others 

May the, safe walls of our owm fold 
Hide not their hunger and their cold. 
The pastures bare the wolves untold. 

To those who live in blood and fear 
Let us bespeak Thy mercies near, 
Grant they may know we hold them dear. 

May soon Thy saving will be done 
To all who dwell beneath the sun 
And all Thy folds soon be as one. 

— Frances Kirkland. 


Shall we withhold from a full supply? 

Shall we not heed that others die ? 

Shall we not give of means and mind 

The hungry to feed, the lost to find? 

A call is now sounding for you and for me. 

Not o.nly from nations far over the sea. 

But it comes from the lands that lie at our feet; 

.It comes from the sinful we pass on the street; 

It comes from the homes of want and of woe; 

It comes to our ears wherever we go. 

Oh, hear! the Master is calling. 






W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Uied by permission." 



•Topic for March 25, 194.5 


Scripture: Matt. 16:24-28 

For The Leader 

On this Palm Sunday, we see Christ in His glory as He 
entered the Holy City of Jerusalem. All the splendor of 
earth was gathered at the place to pay Christ the honor due 
Him. It was surely a day of praise. Christ won for Himself 
many followers as He made that spectacular ride into the 
city. A multitude of people called forth in praise of this 
"healer" and "bread giver,'' and "life restorer." But these 
same people forsook Christ when He headed for Calvary. 
They were willing to follow in glory and praise as long as 
Christ was popular. When He was feeding the multitudes, 
fhey didn't have anything to do but eat. 

But Jesus spoke of a Cross. That meant suffering. The 
people wished not to do any suffering. This same spirit is 
abroad today. Christ, yes, as a model of life and easiness; but 
but not when it means having Christian convictions; not when 
we must sacrifice and bear a cross ourselves. 

Tonight we desire to see His cross in its true light, and 
glean a picture of our owm cross to bear. 


1. WHY CHRIST BORE THE CROSS. There has been a 
real tendency today to teach forgiveness of sin by passing 
off sin as something of little importance, or as a weakness, 
and to place right living above repentance and confession. 
The true salvation gem back of it all is lightly passed over, 
if mentioned at all. A careful study of Redemption will re- 
veal to the most self-righteous heart, that it was Christ's 
work on the cross which gives us a right to see the other 
side of the pearly gates. 

Christ bore the cross to Calvary because of love — love for 
us. Think ye that Christ would have left heaven's glory to 
exist on this earth if such would not have been necessary 
to forgiveness of sin ? We are of all creatures most un- 
grateful if we fail to give Him t'he heart-honor He should 
have for this. 

2. THE CROSS HE BORE. It was a cross of humiliation. 
All that the world had to offer in evil remarks, taunts, hate 
and persecution was heaped upon the cross He bore. It was 
a cross of sacrifice, for it was His life He gave. It was a 
cross of .sin: not His own, but the sins of the whole world. 
Bear in mind that when He bore the sin of the world, it 
was all of sin, not just those who repent. His grace is suffi- 
cient for all, meaning that His sacrifice was for all sin. But 
sinful people go on bearing their load of sin when Christ 
has already made it posscible to get rid of that sin. It was 
a cross of victory. Many teachers and misguided preachers 
proclaim the cross as a tragedy and an untimely end of a 
man who was so far ahead of his day in what he believed 
that he became a martyr to His cause. Nothing is farther 
from the truth. Christ died because He gave His life. Cal- 
vary was a victory, not a tragedy. It was a victory over sin 
and death. 

grim's Progress when the pilgrim came to the Cross of Jesus 
in the middle of the road, He lost his great burden of sin. 
Regardless of teachings or beliefs, the only place to lose 
the burden of sin is at the cross of Jesus Christ. There we 
exchange this burden of sin for a cross. Not a heavy cross 
sucli as Christ bore, but a cross we can feel honored to bear. 
It is the cross of Christian service. If we have been guilty 
of accepting the forgiveness of sin at Calvary and then 
refusing to pick up our cross of daily service, then we need 
to have a change of heart. 

4. ANOTHER EXCHANGE. The people on the first Palm 
Sunday were not anxious to bear a cross with Jesus. They 
would gladly have worn a crown for Him. So when He told 
them they would have to bear crosses for Him, they literally 
turned away by the thousands. But here is a truth which we ft 
Christians should not overlook. First, we exchange our bur- 
den of sin for the cross of Christian service. We bear this 
glorious privilege until the day of death. Then we exchange 

our cross for a crown. We who bear the cross of service will 
wear the crown of reward in glory. What about those who 
today will not bear their share of Christian crosses? There 
will be no crowns of rewards in glory. 

5. WHICH IS MORE VALUABLE ? By what we do, what 
we read, the company we keep, we are revealing that which 
is uppermost in our hearts. Some, for instance, by their waste 
of time on cheap magazines, instead of good Christian liter- 
ature, are filling their souls with cheap worldly things when 
they should be reading things which, will inspire them to 
live better lives for Christ. To follow Christ, which means 
bearing His cross, means forsaking the world, and keeping 
ever with Him. It is up to us to decide once and for all which 
is more valuable: Christ or the things of this world. If we ' 
"lose" our life in His service, we shall gain heaven and re- 
ward. If we would rather love the things of the world, then 
we shall lose both the world and our soul. 

6. NO MIDDLE GROUND. Christian young people who to- 
day are trying to keep a lot of worldly things going in their 
lives at the same time they are trying to serve Christ are 
due for a terrible day of judgment. They are like a man try- 
ing to ride two horses, with a foot on each one, like we've 
seen done in circuses. Only in circuses, both horses go in the 
same direction, and all is well. But young people described 
above have one foot on a horse marked "Things of God"; 
the other foot on a horse marked "things of the world." And 
the horses are going in parting directions. What will happen 

to the poor rider ? We well know, and this is a serious thought f^ 
today. There is no middle ground. The young people, and we 
may be of ' that group, who are trying thus to ride in a 
righteous way and worldly way at the same time, must soon 
put both feet on one horse. Either both feet on the things 
of God, or both feet on the things of the world. Both cannot 
go along together. 

7. THE INVITATION. "If any man will come after me, 
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." 
Christ's works are plain and to the point. We believe in the 
young people of our Church today, that they will rise in the 
full spirit of dedication to the service of Christ. But it must 
be a careful walk filled with much prayer and devotion. 
Everywhere there is the temptation to do evil. Christ offers 
a crown of glory for serving Him. This to us is a far better 
bargain. Let us follow Him, let us serve Him, to the very end 
of life, which to the Christian will then be-, just the beginning 
of a greater life. 


1. Who should get the glory when we are commended for 

MARCH 17, 1945 


some special act of Christian service? Gal. 6:14. 

2. Explain the transfer from cross to crown. Heb. 12:2. 

3. In what way are we "crucified" with Christ? Gal. 2:20. 

4. What great invitation comes to us in our lesson tonight ? 
Matt. 16:24. 

5. Discuss its merits, and its values. 

6. Do you think there is such a thing as middle of ground 
living? Refer back to topic 6 and discuss. 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 





A statesman tells the story of a visit which he made to a 
small town. There were no hotels, and he was entertained in 
a private home. His mission was not above reproach and 
he was anxious to retire to his room to avoid being ques- 
tioned by his host. The father called the family together, say- 
ing: "Our guest wishes to retire so we will not detain him." 
He handed the Bible to his eldest son, who read a chapter, 
after which the father prayed. He prayed earnestly for those 
in authority, that they might be true to their trust. Theji 
mentioning his guest by name he prayed that he might have 
no cause to look back upon his visit with regret. That night 
the statesman could not sleep. "The whole night through the 
fight raged in my soul," he said, "and with morning I re- 
turned to my home without carrying into effect my plan. 
That family altar did for me what other things failed to ac- 
complish. I ani now a servant of the most high God." 


Appoint one to speak briefly on the subject: "The Duty and 
Influence of Family Worship." 


I John 3:10-12 

Of all failures in doing righteousness the most conspicu- 
ous is that of failing to love one's brother. And who is my 
brother? The meaning cannot be limited to the children of 
God for Christ died for us when we. were aliens from God 
(verse 16). We are to love the lost as well as those saved 
by grace. The sinner may never know the love of Christ ex- 
cept through our love for him as a starter. The children of 
the world hate Christians (verse 13), but we are to love our 

The sinning life is one of lawlessness and selfishness. Un- 
lovingness and unrighteousness are not of God. He who 
drifts away from love to God will soon be without considera- 
tion for man. Like Cain, to be disloyal and self-willed toward 
God breeds selfish isolation toward man. Cain said, "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" He who receives and obeys the gospel be- 
gins to unlearn selfishness the moment he is won for God. 
By the Lord's precept he is bound to do good to all men 
(Matt. 5:44; Gal. 6:10). 

Cain's conduct typifies the attitude of the world toward 
God breeds selfish isolation toward man. Cain said, "Am I 

my brother's keeper?" He who receives and obeys the gos- 
pel begins to unlearn selfishness the moment he is won for 
God. By the Lord's precept he is bound to do good to all 
men (Matt. 5:44; Gal. 6:10). 

Cain's conduct typifies the attitude of the world toward 
Christians. Because of his evil works he was rejected of God 
(Heb. 11:4). "The wicked envy the good the blessedness of 
their goodness, and try to destroy what they cannot share. 
The war between good and evil is one of extermination but 
the wicked would destroy the righteous, while the righteous 
would destroy wickedness by converting the wicked." 

As far as the principle of life is concerned there are but 
two classes of men: the children of God or the children of 
the devil. To which class do we belong? Let us not please 
ourselves with illusions as many who profess to have eaten 
and drunk in Christ's presence. To them He \vill say, "I know 
not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniq- 
unty." He is not the child of God that loveth not his brother. 
Can you mark yourself off from the children of the devil 
on this score? We are commanded with all the Master's 
authority to love one another (John 15:12-14, 17; 1 John 

The ugliness of the saints looks worse than the wickedness 
of the wicked. Church folk get mad, get hurt and climb up 
the miff tree and act for the world like the unsaved, good at 
confessing the other fellow's sins. We must build up a broth- 
erhood in Christ (John 13:5). The brotherly church is the 
only growing o,ne. Saints cannot win people to Christ if they 
do not love each other. Whoever drives a wedge between hu- 
man hearts is not a friend of Jesus. There are just two forces 
in the church: the dividers, and the gatherers. We cannot un- 
brother our brothers and they cannot unbrother us. The love 
and the light of Christ's face must shine in the face of His 
followers. Let us recover the hope and joy of the early Church. 


help us find some lady, preferably a Brethren, who is 
qualified as a dietitian to take charge of the planning 
and preparation of meals, and of general supervision 
of the kitchen, at the College Dormitory by June 1st? 

Consideration will also be given to a chef. 

If not interested yourself in the position, but you 
know of some one who is capable of doing the work, 
please communicate with us and give us the names 
of those to whom we may write. 

Please give this appeal serious consideration. 

Address Business Manager, Ashland College 
Ashland, Ohio. 


The First Brethren Church of Louisville, Ohio, will observe 
Holy Communion on Thursday evening, March 29, 1945. The 
Canton, Ohio, Brethren are invited to share in this service 
and special services on Good Friday night. 

E. M. Riddle, Pastor. 
Be not simply good, be good for something. 



Dr. Howard Bosler, M.D. 

Medical Missionary 

of the 

Church 0} the Brethren 

T^igeria, Africa 

We had numerous comments on the recent letter 
was even appreciated by the editor of the "Gospel 
on him. We had the letter published before he knew 
to write to the Brethren to ask permission to print 
fessed that he had the article all set up and ready 

Many of us are interested in the tragedy of 
One of the greatest prospects for which the world 
released: a cure for leprosy. Some eight cases have 
short period of time. We know some very consecrat 
on the concluding experimentation necessary in this 
who discovered it. A special ship brought him hom 
t«ria bound to his own side next to his skin to keep 
it will prove a success. 

published in this paper from Dr. Bosler. In fact it 
Messenger" who declared we were making a "scoop" 
about it. He (a Church of tjie Brethren editor) had 
a letter from his own missionary. And he even con- 
to print before he asked I 

leprosy and it just cannot be helped that we are. 
has waited for centuries is we believe sO'On to be 
been cured and the cure has been effected in a very 
ed Brethren people who are giving money right now 
country. It was a Presbyterian Missionary doctor 
e recently, with the test tubes containing the bac- 
the germs incubating and alive. We pray God that 

Brethren Laymen are interested in helping to heal leprosy. We receive money in this office regu- 
larly for this cause. Even Jesus Christ turned to help them. We could hardly call him "socialist" or the 
like. He healed lepers. He helped them. 

Last year New Paris Brethren church honored oar whole denomination by purchasing a splendid 
X-Ray machine for Dr. Howard Bosler of their own community. He had doctored them and knelt bj 
some of their beds for prayer. They loved him and had confidence in him. So .our very small and very 
large congregation in New Paris bundled up a lot of money for Dr. Bosler. In that we were hon- 
ored. And the Christian Cause and our Lord were honored. 

We just hope that, this year we can do as well or better for the lepers of Africa. Maybe you would 
like to give a portion of your gift to them. 

And also, if you have not read "Who Walk Alone" yet you have missed one of the most dramatic 
and thrilling stories ever published. And it, is by a leper. It takes you right with him into the colony. 
Now if you have opportunity take a couple of evenings to read tliis very fascinating and helpful work. 

'Offictest Graan' of The Brethren "Ourcfi ' 

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Volume LXVII, Number 12, March 24, 1945 



The Brethren Evangelist 

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that we will be compelled to continue this column in another 
part of the issue. Note the continuation page. 

A NOTE FROM BROTHER E. M. RIDDLE, pastor of the 
Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church, states that their new 
organ is installed and is working fine for the betterment of 
the church services. They have organized what they have, 
been pleased to call "First Brethren Service Club" which is 
looking after soldier members of the church. Read the ac- 
count of this found elsewhere in this issue. 

He also tells us that pre-Easter services are planned and 
that Dean M. A. Stuckey is to be the Easter Morning speak- 
er. The Easter evening will be given over to the Girls' Choir. 

A NOTE FROM MRS. C. A. MILLER, Superintendent of 
the First Brethren Sunday School of Peru, Indiana, gives 
encouraging news as to the Sunday School attendance. She 
reports a number of shut-ins and quite a few who must 
work on Sunday as tending to keep the attendance lower than 
it would be otherwise. 

habit of putting on unique programs. Checked bulletins from 
Brother H. H. Rowsey, their energetic pastor, tells us of their 
latest. Having purchased new "Service Hymnals" they did not 
just relegate their much used "Alleluia Hymnals" to the 
"scrap heap," but parted with them as parting with an old 
friend. They gave a "farewell" service for them before they 
dedicated their new hymnals, using, we suspect, the most 
beloved and most used hymns from their pages. We feel this 
is a very fine way of disposing of "used" song books. They 
may be battered by long usage, but not entirely forgotten. 
The dedication service for their new hynuials was held on 
March 11th. 

We note also that special work with the children leading 
up to Easter emphasizing "the call of Christ," is being 

Dr. R. L. Studebaker, medical missionary to Africa for the 
Church of the Brethren, was a recent speakej- in the Goshen 
Church. And the Men's brotherhood of the church has pur- 
chased an acreage on the northern edge of the city and pre- 
sented it to the church for Scouting, social and recreational 

And Thanks, Brother Rowsey, for your kind words about 
The Evangelist. 


Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was the Father and Son Banquet. 
Chester Figart served as Toastmaster and Rev. Theodore 
Althoff was the guest speaker. Brother Zimmerman says 
there were about eighty-five men and boys present. 

nounces the dates for Camp Juniata as June 24 through July 
7. The Young People will occupy the camp from June 24 till 
noon July 1, and the Junior group will start at noon on 
July 1 and remain until noon of July 7. More about this in 
the future. This information was gleaned from the Third 
Church "Crusader." 

BROTHER W. S. BENSHOFF SAYS that 135 were in at- 
tendance at the Sunday School Get-together held on Thurs- 
day evening, March 1. A pot-luck supper was followed by 
two short plays and other enteLrtainment. The Get-together 
was sponsored by the 8th Grade Sunday School Classes taught 
by Mrs. Hubert Hanna and Elery Shank. 

Brother Benshoff also reports that the Repair Fund is 
going over the top figure asked each time the offering is 

"CARRY ON" seems to be the motto of the Nappanee, In-' 
diana. Church. Already they have set the program in motion 
for rebuilding and their "Building Thej'mometer" now stands 
at $35,000.00. They have set a goal of $65,000.00 and they 
can reach it, as they say, "through Christ." Their fire did 
not quench when their burning church building was finally 
put out with nothing but ashes remaining. They went on 
with their plans as usual and even entertained the Northern 
Indiana Laymen as scheduled on March 5. The meeting was 
held in the United Brethren Church with Rev. J. Ray Kling- 
ensmith as their speaker for the evening. Brother Klingen- 
smith reports a great gathering. 

INDIANA, church reports that two things for which they 
have been waiting arrived at Roann recently — their new 
hymnals and their new stoker,. The song books are in use 
and the stoker installed and working fine. 

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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Give Largely to Foreign Missions 

We have not been asked to vsrite about foreign missions, 
nor are we stealing into the editorial functions. We are keep- 
ing strictly to our line when, as business manager, we ask 
that our readers give generously to foreign missions. It is 
good business policy, as well as good church loyalty, to en- 
courage the largest possible support of every department of 
our church's work. 

And it is good business to encourage the greatest possible 
extension of the Gospel message. The printed page must 
follow, or accompany the spoken word, and the greater the 
demand for the printed page, the greater will be the service 
that our church publishing house will be called upon to ren- 
der. And we believe the church will back every effort to be 
prepared to meet the larger demands of the future. 

And so we say sincerely; not merely from personal interest, 
but from a farsighted, Christian business point of view, give 
largely to foreign missions. We want to see eveiry part of 
the Lord's work go forward in the largest possible way. By 
.working together and encouraging one another, and no part 
being neglected, the whole church will grow strong and sym- 
metrical and bring greater glory to the name of Christ. 

Is Your Church 100 Per Cent? 

Many subscriptions are coming in from the churches and 
our office secretary is correcting the mailing list and mak- 
ing new stencils as rapidly as possible with her many other 
duties. A number of churches are trying for a place among 
the "100 Per Centers," but we have no way of knowing 
whether the list you send in entitles your church to that 
honor unless you tell us. Please indicate whether 100% of 
your homes are on your subscription list. We want to publish 
the honor roll soon, but we don't want to miss any one who 
belongs on it. 

Publication Day Offering — Partial Report 

Not all churches have reported their offetring, but we have 
not space this week to publish all who have reported. We are 
making a beginning and will finish in later issues, as space 
permits. We hope to be able eventually to report a 100 per 
cent response. 

Ardmore Heights (South Bend), Ind., Rev. A. E. 

Whitted, Pastor $ 84.07 

Ashland, Ohio, Rev. L. V. King, Pastor 269.00 

Burlington, Ind., Rev. Wayne Swihart, Pastor 61.05 

Bryan, Ohio, Rev. C. A. Stewart, Pastor 117.75 

Berlin, Pa., Rev. S. M. Whetstone, Pastor 110.50 

Brush Valley, Pa., Rev. Percy Millei-, Pastor 20.00 

Canton, Ohio, Rev. William Solomon, Pastor 60.75 

Center Chapel, Ind 16.25 

Co-operative Brethren, Terra Alta, W. Va 12.00 

Cumberland, Md., Rev. P. M. Naflf, Pastor 24.20 

Cerro Cordo, III., Rev. C. E. Johnson, Pastor ...... 23.50 

Carleton, Nebr., Rev. Wilbur Thomas, Pastor 25.50 

Corinth, Ind., Rev. William Overholtser, Pastor 26.00 

Cameron, W. Va., Rev. Arthur R. Baer, Pastor 7.00 

Conemaugh, Pa. Loyal Group 59.00 

Calvary, N. J., Rev. Everett J. Black, Pastor 12.00 

Ladies, When House Cleaning, Remember — 

to save the rags suitable for the print shop use. Every pound 
you send us saves us 25c. You have kept us supplied, and 
we thank you. 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


I picked up one of our Exchange Magazines this morning 
and came across the following sentence, which evidently was 
just thrown in for a "filler" since it had no connection with 
any other item on the page, but it set me to thinking. Here 
is the sentence: 

"Many a man would be a success except for the fact that 
he thinks he has already succeeded." 

We take it that the one who wrote that sentence had 
grasped the secret of real success. For success is not always 
simply attaining, but rather it is a series of continual striv- 
ings upon an "upward" path. It is "failure" to be impeded 
by obstacles which may be found imbedded in the course of 
our progress. It is "success" to find our way around or ovei 
them. And ultimate success is simply the conquering of all 
things that block our pathway. 

As the above sentence dawns on us, it makes us think of 
the words of St. Paul as found in Philippians 3:13, 14: 
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, 
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus." 

And would we for one minute think that St. Paul was a 
failure ? That he did not attain ? That he must look back over 
his life and feel that in reality that it had not been a suc- 
cess ? And yet he never felt that he had reached the ultimate. 
He was ever striving "onward" toward a mark. 

How pitiful the condition of one who thinks he has reached 
the pinnacle of success. Why? Simply because he loses sight 
of the fact that what he has reached is a mere stepping stone 
to heights more glorious, yet heights which are, by supreme 
effort, obtainable. 

Too often we are apt to pin our efforts on just a few of 
the words which Jesus spoke in connection Nvith the parable 
of the talents: "Thou hast been faithful in a FEW things." 
If we choose the lesser opportunity in the presence of a 
greater opportunity, we are not succeeding, even though we 
make what the world calls success in our undertaking. 

No — if we think we have made a success of our lives and 
cease to press on to greater possible heights — we have made 
a failure of success. 

Christian perfection is not the grace of nature, but the na- 
ture of grace. 



Tke Govning World State 

Dr. L. L. Garber 
{Delivered at the Ashlmid College Chapel to the students) 

The Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are grateful to Thee 
that we are happily oircumstanced in a sorely distressed and 
much-suffering world. We thank Thee, that while millions 
are hungry and starving, we have plenty, even to bounteous- 
ness; that while millions are scantily clothed and unsheltered, 
we are warmly clothed and comfortably housed; that, while 
other millions wander homeless, friendless, or as hunted ref- 
ugees,' we have, the considerate companionship and friendly 
fellowship of many. Give us grateful hearts, our Father. 
Make us true servants and princely Galahads of the common 
good. Make us diligent in relieving distress, in succoring the 
needy, in sheltering the homeless, and in planning against 
want, disease, famine and war. Give us the larger heart, the 
kindlier hand, and the sympathetic planning constructive 
mind which disdains "the narrowing lust for gold," but 
helps build the emerging better world of abounding plenty 
and enduring peace. Amen. 

* * * 
I congratulate you on your high opportunity as 
college students. I congratulate you as heirs of all 
the ages ; heirs of the accumulated intellectual riches 
of the world ; heirs of its moral, material, and artist- 
ic resources. Especially do I congratulate you on the 
fact that you are about to enter upon the active du- 
ties of world citizenship when the vital energies of 
the world are to be focused not upon aggression, 
spoliation, rapine, and mass murder, but upon jus- 
tice, sympathetic understanding, and brotherly help- 

As a background to what 1 shall say this morning, 
I read two significant prophetic utterances. The first 
is the statement of a great hope that has shone down 
upon a cruel world like a brilliant star for twenty 
centuries, but is now in actual process of relatively 
speedy realization. The second, a century old, defi- 
nitely delineates the series of events preceding and 
accompanying the grand culminating achievement 
of the social process, the abolition of international 
anarchy through an organized world state, the guar- 
antee of an enduring world peace. 

The first (Isaiah 2) "And it shall come to pass in the later 
days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be estab- 
lished at the, head of the mountains, and shall be exalted 
above the hills, and all nations shall flow into it. And ma,ny 
people shall go and say. Come ye, and let us go up to the 
mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob; 
and he shall teach us his ways and we shall walk in his 
paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word 
of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he. shall judge between 
the nations, and shall reprove many peoples: and they shall 
beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into 
pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, 
neither shall they learn war any more." 

The second (Tennyson— 1842) : 

So I dipt into the future, 

Far as human eye could see. 
Saw the vision of the world. 

And all the wonder that would be; 
Saw the heavens filled with commerce. 

Argosies of magic sails. 
Pilots of the purple twilight. 

Dropping down with costly bales; 

Heard the heavens filled with shouting. 

And there rained a ghastly dew 
From the nation's airy navies. 

Grappling in the central blue; 
Till the war drum throbb'd no longei-, 

And the battle flags were furled. 
In the Parliament of man. 

The Federation of the world. 

There the Common Sense of most 
Shall hold a fretful realm in awe. 

And the kindly earth shall slumber, 
Lapt in universal law." 

But how is this Federation of the World, this or- 
ganized World State, which is to follow the airplane 
war in the air and to end all war in an enduring 
peace, to be organized and operate? 

A brief sketch of the development of the Ameri- 
can Colonies into the mighty United States of today 
will serve as an illuminating picture of the process. 
When an autocratic German-descended king of Eng- 
land began a war upon the struggling colonies, they 
formed a sort of military alliance to meet the im- 
pending danger, and after years of heroic effort, 
won their freedom. They then organized themselves 
into a loose confederation which failed because it 
provided no super-state to carry forward govern- 
ment in those areas where the government could 
operate for the colonies as a unified whole. Conse- 
quently, a convention was called to revise the Ar- 
ticles of Confederation and to prevent the colonies 
from breaking up into anarchistic hostile warring 
units, with the loss of everything gained by the sac- 
rifices of the Revolutionary War. However, wiser 
counsel prevailed. The Convention threw overboard 
the Articles of Confederation and adopted a consti- 
tution which provides for a powerful super-state in 
the form of a federal government to exercise con- 
trol in all general affairs, and thus provides "a 
more perfect union and preserves the blessings of 
liberty." The unique feature of this constitutional 
arrangement is that while it provides the maximum 


MARCH 24, 1945 


of power for the "united states," it at the same pro- 
vides the maximum of safety and security for the 
liberty and prosperity of the individual states. 

After some such model as the U. S. furnishes, the 
World Super-State is to be fashioned. Its chief pro- 
ponents, China, France, Russia, The British Com- 
monwealth, and the United States with their vast 
preponderance of territory, population, and wealth, 
make it invincible against any other power or com- 
bination of powers, and give it power to prevent 
armed conflicts between any of the individual units, 
so that enduring world peace may be secured, and 
"The vi'orld's Great Age begins anew." 

The abandonment of war as a means of set- 
tling disputes will be attended by universal joy as 
an answer to the prayers of countless millions that 
this devastating scourge might pass away. Then too, 
a vast enhanced economic prosperity will bring in- 
creased betterment to the world. A warless world 
needs no armies or navies. The conversion of the 
immense sums formerly spent on war preparations 
will give added impetus to every nobler activity. 

An all-inclusive life-continuing educational pro- 
gram can be carried on with a fraction of the time, 
money, and effort now continuously devoted to war 
and war preparation. 

An immensely augmented scientific progress will 
attend the organization of a world "lapt m univer- 
sal law." With the turning of the attention of men 
from destructive to constructive activities, vastly 
satisfying progress may be made in medicine, in 
agriculture, and in the production of all the mate- 

rials that contribute to a happy and contented life. 
The amazing variety and volume of U. S. produc- 
tion during the present war, a production which 
has been a chief factor in the successful prosecution 
of the allied Herculean effort, is fairly suggestive of 
what the mighty energies now devoted to war work 
will do when turned to supplying the wants and com- 
forts of the post-war days. Then the benevolent and 
scientifically directed UNRRA will feed the hungry, 
clothe the naked, house the homeless, train and edu- 
cate the improvident, equip the unimplemented, give 
hope and courage to the discouraged, relieve, reclaim, 
rehabilitate, and make the waste land and "the des- 
ert blossom as the rose." 

Thus will an Organized World, inspired by a 
larger infilling of the Christian spirit, motivated by 
a wiser selfishness and directed by a better in- 
formed scientific acumen, give feet and wings to 
"the economy of plenty" and usher in the better 
world of abounding plenty and enduring peace. 

"Ring out the. old; ring in the new; 

Ring out the ancient forms of strife; 

Ring in the nobles modes of life. 

With sweeter manners, purer laws." 

Yes, there is sometliing nobler than mere war — 
To make our country worth our dying for; 
To lay the beams of Justice on the earth; 
To call the Brother Future into birth!" 

"0 friends of Christ, this is our dream; for we 
Must strive on toward the Brotherhood to be; 
Toward that great hour of God's ascending Son 
When all shall love, and all shall lift as one." 

— Markhajn. 

A Brief Introduction to The Brethren Church 

By Rev. Claud Studebaker 

(Soon to be issued in booklet form) 


In the second chapter of the book of Acts there is recorded 
the historical beginning of the church. It was fifty days 
after the resurrection of Christ and ten days after His as- 
cension into heaven. According to the promise of Christ and 
in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament Scrip- 
tures, the Holy Ghost came upon them. The apostle Peter 
stood up and preached Christ as the Saviour of all people. 
Many of those who heard were convicted of their sin and 
their need of salvation and cried out: 

"Men and brethren what shall we do ? Tlien Petei- said 
unto them. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in 
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and 
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost: For the prom- 
ise is unto you and your children, and to all that ai'e afar 
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And 
with many other words did he testify and exhort, say- 

ing, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: 
and the same day there were added unto them about 
three thousand souls." Acts 2:38-41. 

From this event, 33 A. D., ovex nineteen hundred years 
ago, we begin the history of the church. The Acts and the 
Epistles of the New Testament tell us of this church during 
the first few decades, when the apostles of Christ were the 
directive head under the special unction and power of the 
Holy Ghost. This record of their work under the inspiration 
of the same. Holy Spirit we read as the word of God, to 
guide us in the work of the church until she has completed 
this work and is presented to Jesus Christ. 

"Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it; 
that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing 
of water by the word, that he might present it to himself 
a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any 



such thing: but that it should be holy and without blem- 
ish." Eph. 5:25-27. 

The church is neither an after thought of God nor an in- 
vention of man, but the eternal purpose of God in Jesus 
Christ. This history of almost 2000 years has made glorious 
pages, but also many pages of bloody persecution as well as 
unworthy leaders who corrupted her purity and sought to 
exploit 'ner members for selfish purposes. Persecutions were 
first by the Jews who had crucified Christ because he said 
he was their Messiah and the Son of God. Later the Roman 
emperors persecuted the church because the Christians Vvould 
not worship the Roman gods nor take part in popular, ques- 
tionable practices of the day. Then Emperor Constantine was 
converted (313 A. D.). Christianity soon became the state re- 
ligion of the Roman Empire and soon thereafter felt the de- 
filement of political corruption. The church came into pos- 
session of great wealth and the struggle for supreme political 
authority as well as religious power is a record of many un- 
holy deeds. Through these centuries of history various leaders 
tried to call the church back to purity and simplicity. Martin 
Luther challenged the pope because of certain evil practices 
of the church, seeking to turn the course of the church, but 
instead he was e.xcommunicated and led in a movement which 
came to be called the Protestant church. They were so called 
because they protested the decrees that would curtail religious 
liberty. From this protestant movement in the beginning of 
the 16th century there have come many churches, each em- 
phasizing some teaching which distinguishes it as a church. 


The followers of Luther were called Lutherans and became 
state churches in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc. 
In England the Church of England was the state church and 
supported by a tax on all the people. As it is the tendency 
for state churches to become controlled by political appoin- 
tees, which many times lack spiritual qualifications, the 
church departs from God's appointed purpose for her. From 
this condition of state churches a second refonnation was 
needed. This second reformation gave rise to those groups 
known to history as. Nonconformists, Puritans, Dutch Re- 
form, Quakers, Huguenots, Presbyterians, Brethren, Meth- 
odists, Baptists, and others who sought to take the Bible 
as the supreme authority in things which have to do with 
the salvation of the soul. The printing press had been in- 
vented. The Bible was being translated from the Greek and 
Latin into the living languages of the day and printed. Its 
circulation was encouraged and members of the Protestant 
churches were instructed to read the Bible regularly and to 
obey the commands of our Lord. This produced the finest 
type of Christian lives. These sturdy Christians were perse- 
cuted in Europe and came to America to find the liberty of 
co.nscience which was dearer to them than life. Such were 
the sturdy Christian men and women who colonized this land 
and shaped her government. They believed in God and wor- 
shipped Him. They built churches in every community and 
supported them. Religious freedom was one of the basic free- 
doms of the land. ■ ' , 


The Brethren Church has its origin in organization when 
eight men and women banded themselves together to obey 
the Lord in all His commandments and took the Bible as their 
rule of faith and practice in life. They were led by Alexander 
Mack in their study and were convinced by history and by 
the Holy Scriptures that the initiatory rite of baptism in 
the beginning of the church and for many centuries was ad- 

ministered by dipping in water as the Great Commission 

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 

Holy Ghost." Matt. 28:19. 

This they proceeded to observe and were baptized in the 
Eider River near Swartzneau, Germany in 1708. They grew 
in numbers and became objects of persecution. Some emi- 
grated to America in 1719 and settled at Germantown and 
there built the first Brethren church in America. This church 
with some additions is still standing and in active use. 

A member of this church, Christopher Sower, was one of 
the early printers of America. He came in 1724 and set up 
his first printing press in 1738. He printed his first calendar 
1739, first hymn book 1739, first Bible 1743, first Reformed 
hyinn book 1752, first Lutheran hymn book 1759, second edi- 
tion of the Bible 1763. He was a contemporary of Benjamin jp 
Franklin and printed many books and tracts on religious and 
moral questions. His printing press was raided by the British 
soldiers in 1777. Cavalry horses were stabled in the sheds 
of the Germantown church which were provided to shelter 
the horses of the worshippers; and the loose leaves which 
were stored in the attic of the church until they could be 
bound in Bibles were used for bedding the horses. Christopher 
Sower and son Christopher were prosperous and were good 
Samaritans, spending large sums to help needy immigrants. 

With Alexander Mack, Sr., and Jr. and Peter Becker and 
others, the Brethren had leaders of piety and culture and 
soon grew in the new country and made settlements at va- 
rious places. As the western territory was settled, they es- 
tablished new colonies by taking up land, building new homes 
and. new churches. Brethren are historically recognized for 
their simplicity of life, their integrity and diligence in busi- 
ness. Probably no church is better recognized in her stand 
for peace and righteousness in all human relations accord- 
ing to the commands of Almighty God. 


Various churches claim to take the Bible as final authority 
in doctrine. In these days, there is much said about funda- 
mentalism and modernism. Probably the simplest statement 
of fundamental doctrine is, "We take the Bible as the infalli- 
ble word of God; Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, 
who was conceived of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the 
Virgin Mary, whereby the eternal God was manifest in the ' 
flesh. He lived among men to manifest the love and power 
of God, died on the cross to redeem meji from sin, rose again 
to conquer death and ascended into the heavens at the right K 
hand of God, there to fulfill all the orders of priesthood and 
to intercede for us until God's appointed time. Then He shall 
return to earth to sit on the throne of David and destroy sin 
with His mighty power and rule in righteousness over all 
the earth. Then shall come that era of peace and good will 
for which men long and pray, wheji wars shall be no more 
and righteousness shall cover the earth as waters cover the 
sea. Christ is indeed the "Prince of the kings of the earth" 
and in fulness of time shall reign as King of kings. But 
until that time the church is to preach the Gospel in all 
nations and call men to obedience to Christ, in the power of 
the Holy Spirit who was sent down to earth on the Day of 
Pentecost and "to reprove the world of sin, and of righteous- 
ness, and of judgment." John 16:8. 

All these fundamental doctrines the Brethren Church 
teaches and from the earliest history has placed the emphasis 
on practicing what we preach, according to the words of 
Christ as He closed the greatest of all sermons, 

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine 

MARCH 24, 1945 


and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which 
built his house upon a rock. And whosoever heareth these 
sayings of mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto 
a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand." 
Matt. 7:24-26. 

The primary cause of man's trouble is his failure to obey 
the commands of God. This is the briefest description of 
SIN. For "sin is the transgression of the law." The doctrines 
of salvation are contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 
which the church is to preach to all the world. The BrethreJi 
Church seeks to fulfil her responsibility in giving a whole 
Gospel to a whole world. 


The first step in salvation of men is preaching Christ. 
There is only one way of salvation, 

"I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh 

unto the Father but by me." John 14:6. 

"Neither is there salvation in any other name under 

heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 

Acts 4:12. 

"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life." John 3:15. 

"For we are all the children of God by faith in Jesus 

Christ." Gal. 3:25. 

These Scripture quotations could be multiplied many times 
that teach us there is no other way of salvation other than 
by faith in Jesus Christ, which of course implies that we give 
evidence of that faith by our obedience to the words of Christ. 
When we believe, there is a certain course defined for us by 
Christ Himself, 

"Whosoevei- therefore shall confess me before men, 

him will I confess also before my Father which is in 

heaven." Matt. 10:.32. 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but 

he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16. 

The same procedure is taught by the apostles as they went 
forth to preach the Gospel and teach men what to do to be 
saved. Peter, who preached the first Gospel sermon of the 
church era, on the Day of Pentecost, said to those who wei'e 
convicted of their sin and their need of salvation: 

"Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name 

of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 

receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38. 

Later when by a miraculous vision Peter was convinced 
that salvation was also for Gentiles, he was led to Caesarea 
to preach to Cornelius and his household. There he preached 
Christ, the eternal Son of God who worked miracles, was 
crucified, God raised him from the dead, 

"Through his name whosoever believeth in him shall 

receive remission of sins." Acts 10:43. 

God gave the same manifestation of the Holy Ghost as at 
Pentecost. They believed in Christ, magnified God; they were 
baptized and the great truth that Jew and Gentile will find 
unity and salvation in the same Christ by the same Spirit 
and in the same way. 

The Gospel presents the same steps in the records given 
to us of the convei'sion of the various people which the Holy 
Spirit has caused to be written as the eternal word of God. 
In Acts (9) there is recorded the conversion of the man who 
became the great apostle to the Gentiles, the fervent mission- 
ary of the cross, Saul of Tarsus who became Paul the apos- 
tle. He established many churches and has left us fourteen 
of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. It required 

a miraculous vision to convict him of his sin and that Jesus 
Christ was the Son of God. Finally he believed that Christ 
was Lord, but was still praying in blindness until the Lord 
sent Ananias, 

"That thou mightest receive thy sight and be filled with 
the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes 
as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, 
and arose, and was baptized." Acts 9:17, 18. 
Paul, telling of his own conversion after many years of 
his great ministry, said, 

"And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, 
having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 
came unto me, and stood, and said unto me. Brother Saul, 
receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked upon him 
. . . and now why tarriest thou '.' arise, and be baptized, 
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." 
Acts 22:12, 13, 16. 

Immediately after this he preached Christ, "That he is 
the Son of God." Though Saul was a religious man and lived 
in all good conscience before God and verily thought he was 
right, yet when it was revealed to him that Christ is the only 
Saviour of men, he believed, was baptized for the remission 
of sins, and received the Holy Ghost, and went forth in the 
power of that Spirit to preach Christ and Him crucified. 

In his extensive missionary work and his prolific writing 
to the churches which he established, he gave the same pro- 
cedure for men to be saved as did also the apostle Peter. 
The Gospel is preached, 

"Preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost 
sent down from heaven." 1 Peter 1:12, 
The Holy Ghost convicts of sin and testifies to Jesus Christ 
as the only Saviour who died on the cross and rose again, 
that He might wash away our sin and give us eternal life, 
we are baptized in His name and according to His words: 
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost." "Know ye not, that so many of us as were 
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: 
that like, as Christ was raised up from the dead by the 
glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in new- 
ness of life. For if we have been planted together in the 
likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of 
his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is cru- 
cified, with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, 
that henceforth we should not serve sin." Rom. 6:3-6. 

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ 
have put on Christ." Gal. 3:27. 

"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also we are 
risen with him through the faith of the operation of 
God who hath raised him from the dead." Col. 2:12. 
Thus Paul gives the plain steps of how men are saved. 

Philip the great evangelist follows the same procedure as 
he went down into Samaria to preach the Gospel. 

"But when they believed Philip preaching the things 
concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of . Jesus 
Christ, they were baptized both men and women . . . 
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received 
the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:12, 17. 

As Philip continued in his missionary journey he met the 
Ethiopian who was reading the Old Testament in the book 
of Isaiah the 53d chapter-. He asked the Ethiopian if he un- 
derstood what he was reading. He did not understand and 
asked Philip to teach him. Philip got into his chariot, and, 
"Began at the same scripture and preached unto him, 



Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto 
a certain water: and the eunuch said, see here is water: 
what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, 
If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And 
he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the 
Son of God. And they went down both into the water; 
and he baptized him. And when they were come up out 
of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, 
that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his 
way rejoicing." Acts 8:35-39. 

A careful reading of all the Scriptures telling how men 
are saved and compiling the teaching would reveal: The 
Gospel of Christ is preached, men believe Christ is the Son 
of God and Saviour from sin, that they are sinners and need 
that salvation; they repent, that is they turn to God from 
sin and self, and place their faith in Him; they confess His 
name by word of mouth and are baptized in water ("Except 
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter 
into the kingdom of God." John 3:5); then follows the lay- 
ing on of hands as the great symbol of consecration and en- 
duement of the Holy Ghost to guide and comfort. This is 
the very plain way to obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus. 

"Ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from 
the heart that form of doctrine delivered you. Being then 
made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteous- 
ness." Rom. 6:17, 18. 

"And being made perfect, he became the author of eter- 
nal salvation unto all them that obey him." Heb. 5:9. 

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit . . . Being born again, not of 
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of 
God, which liveth and abideth forever." 1 Peter 1:22, 23. 

The Word of God is the seed which produces a new life 
when it is received into the heart and obeyed. The various 
accretions which well-meaning men have added or things 
that have beeji subtracted from the Word, do not change the 
Word. God fulfils His word today as well as in apostolic 
days. When Christ says and causes it to be written as the 
eternal truth, 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." 
Mark 16:13, 

that cannot be changed. If God saves men without baptism 
in water, that is His prerogative. We have no disposition to 
limit God whether it be a thief on the cross or off the cross. 
Men do not stipulate the terms of salvation. 

"Not every one that saith unto me. Lord, Lord, shall 
enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will 
of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in 
that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy 
name ? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in 
thy name done many wonderful works ? and then will I 
profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me 
ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these 
sayings of mine and doeth them I will liken him unto a 
wise man, which built his house upon a rock." Matt. 7: 

Your feeling is no certain evidence of your salvation. Man's 
theological reasonings and conclusions may be faulty. Eccle- 
siastical decisions may be gravely in error. But when God 
speaks His plain commands, and causes it to be written 
as Scripture, it is for us to obey and thereby receive His sal- 

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and pre- 
cious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of 

the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is 

in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4. 

It is true that "by grace are ye saved" and we are cleansed 
"with the washing of water by the word," but He is "the 
author of salvation to all them that obey him." (Heb. 5:9); 
and cleansing by the Word is only possible when we obey 
the Word. 

Thus men receive salvation by hearing the Gospel of 
Christ, confessing their sin and confessing Christ as the 
only Saviour, repenting of their dead works, responding to 
the call of the Spirit in humble obedience in baptism, kneel- 
ing before God as a new creature to receive the "Laying on 
of hands," symbolic of the impartation of the Holy Ghost to 
guide you into all truth. Salvation is of the Lord and it is 
He who plainly tells man how to receive this salvation. 
(To be Continued.) 



August 1, 1944— February 28, 1945 

Mexico, Indiana, W. M. S $ 10.00 

Mrs. B. F. Hartzler (Smithville, 0.) 10.00 

Manteca, California, Sunday School 20.89 

Southern Indiana Sunday School District Rally at 

Huntington, Indiana 58.12 

Bryan, Ohio, W. M. S 5.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio (Home Makers Class) 10.00 

Turlock, California, Church 400.00 

Mrs. Joe Rareigh (Ashland) 5.00 

Mrs. Reuben King (Smithville, Ohio) 5.00 

Orrin C. Fuller 5.00 

Columbus Co-operative Church 7.25 

Roland Obenchain (South Bend, Indiana) 500.00 

Boys' Brotherhood (Bryan, Ohio 10.50 

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Campbell (Fremont, Ohio) 2.00 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe (North Manchester) 30.00 

Alice Cook (Meyersdale, Pa.) 1.00 

James Ed. Orr 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Early (Miamisburgh) 5.00 

Mrs. J. F. Sutton (Canton) 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. James Benshoff (Johnstown, Pa. First) 5.00 

Two Elkhart, Indiana Sunday School Classes 25.00 

A few churches sent in their offering between Benevolent 
Day and March 1st. These will be reported in the month of 
March report. Ashland was first to turn in its offering, with 
North Liberty, Indiana, North Manchester, Indiana, and Wil- 
liamstown, Ohio, following. North Manchester has more than 
doubled its offering and North Liberty has gone over the 
top by increasing its offering over last year. Ashland has 
also gone over the top. 

Quite a number of individual gifts are reaching the Treas- 
urer, but the donors do not state their church. I want to give 
credit to the church where the membership is held, but I 
cannot do this unless the individual will so state. 

Turlock, California, has come across with another splendid 
gift. We also appreciate the splendid gift of Attorney Oben- 
chain. We can almost state now that South Bend, Indiana, 
will lead in offerings this year. Of course we might have 
another surprise or two. The March report will reveal some 
interesting gifts. 

L. V. King, Treasurer. 

MARCH 24, 1945 



Fishers of 7flen 


Dr. C. F. Yoder 

P In the past a preacher like Russell Conwell could 
also be a great lecturer, but today, so far as has the 
materialistic apostasy advanced, lecture bureaus are 
slow to consider using a preacher in their courses. 
The situation was much the same in Paul's day, for 
he wrote, "The preaching of the cross is to them 
that perish foolishness ; but unto us who are saved it 
is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18. He ex- 
plains the situation by saying, "We speak, not in the 
words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the 
Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things 
with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not 
the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish- 
ness unto him : neither can he know them because 
they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:13, 

Mary's little lamb followed her to school, but it 
did not learn to read. An atheist may go to church, 
but until he is willing to obey God he will not know 
Him nor understand His word. A little child with 
simple faith will find God sooner than the scientists 
with their instruments. It is better so, for the wise 
and prudent can humble themselves, but the babes 
cannot learn by the methods of the scientists. 

Yet, blessed be God, He knoweth His own and His 
own know Him. "Unto them who are called, both 

f Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and 
the wisdom of God." Therefore, "I am not ashamed 
of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God 
unto salvation to everyone that believeth." Romans 
1:16. The reason for this is given. In the Gospel is 
revealed the righteousness of God and also the wrath 
of God. It is "a sharp two-edged sword which divid- 
eth asunder the joints and the marrow and is a dis- 
cerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." He- 
brews 4:12. 

How many times some person with a guilty con- 
science, after listening to a sermon, will say to the 
preacher, "You were shooting at me today, weren't 
you?" Yes, the preacher of the Gospel takes into his 
hands weapons that are not carnal, but are mighty 
to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 
10:4. The world owes to the preaching the Gospel 

the concepts of liberty and equality and love and 
right, the happy homes and helpful institutions of 
Christian civilization which the brazen emissaries of 
satan are trying to destroy. These emissaries include 
the hypocritical fifth columnists who advei'tise as 
blessings their poisonous wares and destructive 
amusements and damning doctrines to ensnare the 
unwary and enrich themselves. To combat these 
wolves in sheep's clothing we need an army of faith- 
ful preachers and an army of faithful personal work- 
ers to go out into the highways and byways and 
bring sinners to repentance. 

So great a work requires time, and the strategic 
way is to begin with the children. They have their 
lives before them ; they are more easily won, for it is 
easiei' for them to believe and to remember what 
they learn. They can be trained for service and from 
their rank will come the great leaders of the future. 

When Jesus restored Peter he said to him, "Feed 
my lambs" before He said "Feed my sheep." John 
21 :15. It is wise and proper to emphasize child evan- 
gelism and the children's church and summer schools 
and camps and Bible teaching in the public schools. 
We are having this terrible war because the emis- 
saries of Satan astutely took the children and filled 
them with their anti-christian ideas. That is where 
the war began and where it should be stopped if ever 
the trick is repeated. 

But the Bible has strong food for the strong and 
the soul winner must know how to bring forth things 
new and old, milk for the babes and solid truths for 
those ready to receive it. It is almost a sure sign of 
a church on the way to decay when it chooses a 
preacher who loves to display long words and please 
rich but worldly people; who neglects the children 
and visits only the "upper class." That class could 
not take the plain teaching of the Lord, but "the 
common people heard him gladly." 

There is a significant statement in Acts 1 :1 — "The 
things which Jesus began to do and to teach." The 
doing came first. Jesus exemplified the life of a child 
of God and then He explained it. Seeing Him we 
see the Father, and, from His virtues we know the 
character of God. The same is true of the apostles 
after Him. They were transformed men who 
preached the Gospel. "Many people were added unto 
the Lord" under the preaching of Barnabas because 
he was first "a good man, full of faith and of the 
Holy Spirit." Philip also was able to work wonders 
because he was one of the seven chosen as helpers 
because they were "of honest report, full of the Holy 
Spirit and wisdom." Acts 6:3. 

If William Carey had not been a missionary in 
spirit as he cobbled shoes, he never would have been 
a powerful missionary in India. If we would lead 
the lost out of the quagmires of sin up into the high- 



lands of the kingdom of God we must first be living 
up there ourselves. Power must exist inwardly be- 
fore it can be manifested outwardly. Yes the joy of 
preaching or soul winning is for all, but it comes 

second. The first thing is to seek the kingdom of God 
and His righteousness — and the peace and power 
and love that goes with it, and all other good things 
shall be added. Matthew 6:33. 


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I'cnbing ihtm lo obspcce all thinrj^ ii.'hai soever / have commanded you. 

OR 1. E LINOOWr-R. Director 

Vice President 

General Secretary 


Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

We should never think of the Sunday School as a 
thing apart from the church, but rather as a part 
of the church. Let us, therefore, think of these adults, 
not as members of a class at work under a teacher, 
but as the men and women upon whom the respon- 
sibility foi' the work of the church necessai'ily rests. 

One of the great problems of the church today is 
to find workers that are both willing and capable, 
to do the work that must be done to insure success- 
ful progress. I heard a pastor say that he had served 
several churches with memberships, numbering from 
sixty-five to seven hundred fifty and that he found 
it harder to get workers in the larger church than 
in the smaller ones. What pastor's heart would not 
be gladdened and his worries lightened if he knew 
that he could depend on this or that class to do a 
certain piece of work? 

THE ORGANIZED CLASS. How easy it would 
be to get things done if all of these adult classes were 
organized and ready to respond when called upon! 
Would it be too much to ask every class in this divi- 
sion to organize and to carry on some special work 
as they may choose? I think not. We would not limit 
the word or service of the individual to the organ- 
ized effort, for there are many places and ways to 
serve, but we would emphasize the value of such 

TEACHING. We are taught, not only that we 
might teach others. We might put it this way: we 
are taught to teach. Could it be said of us that we 
are "ever learning and never able to come to the 
knowledge of the truth?" 2 Timothy 3:7. Or this: 
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye 
have need that one teacheth you again ..." Hebrews 
5:12. We admit that teaching is a gift and a calling, 
but does not our Heavenly Father bestow these gifts 
according to our ability? We are all teachers wheth- 
er we have a class in the Sunday School or not, for 
we are teaching by example all with whom we come 
in contact. 

About twenty years ago in the Falls City Church , 
a class, known as "The King's Servants," was organ- 
ized. They "had a mind to work" and offered their 
services and carried out many projects successfully. 
They were called upon for many years to furnish 
teachers and other workers to the point of near de- 
pletion. If other classes had done likewise there 
would have been many more workers and no class 
need have suffered in numbers. 

PROJECTS. Every organized class ought to have 
one or more projects. Most people like to do things 
co-operatively and project work gives them the op- 
portunity. There are many such projects and we 
shall not attempt to list them. The class should de- 

MARCH 24, 1945 


cide the kind of a project it wishes to undertake. 

PERSONAL WORK. One of the goals of the Na- 
tional Goals Program is "Every m-etnher an active 
member." This would be a fine goal for any class, 
for it requires personal interest and action. There 
are so many way of doing personal work and so 
many things to do that it would seem needless to 
mention specific things. I have often said that so 
many times the work that most needs to be done is 
the work that nobody wants to do. Sometimes the 
pastor has to do the chores around the church, such 
as building the fires, ringing the bell and ventilating 
the room. Then at other times he is expected to do 
all the work of inviting people to the services. Under 
personal work we would mention visiting the sick, 
sending flowers to them, assisting neighbors in sick- 
ness or other need, inviting new people to the ser- 
vices of the Sunday School and the church, and do- 
ing a Christian sei-vice wherever we can. There is 
the greatest of all — that of witnessing for Christ 
and of His power to save from sin, all who come to 
Him in faith. These and many other forms of Chris- 
tian service and testimony will go far in making 
the church and Sunday School known and its influ- 
ence felt in the conmiunity. 

We train men and women in medicine, nursing 
and in teaching in preparation for Missionary work 
and forget the value of similar things in winning our 
way into the hearts of the people near us. Often this 
kind of service on the part of Christians becomes the 
means by which we reach them for Christ. 

The Adult Departments have a large and impor- 
tant place in the work of the Sunday School and 
through its teaching and training program and 
through its organized classes should become a vital 
force and a beehive of activity. LET IT BE SO ! 

Falls City, Nebraska. 

The way to be safe is never to feel secure. — Burke. 


help us find some lady, preferably a Brethren, who is 
qualified as a dietitian to take charge of the planning 
and preparation of meals, and of general supervision 
of the kitchen, at the College Dormitory by June 1st ? 

Consideration will also be given to a chef. 

If not interested yourself in the position, but you 
know of some one who is capable of doing the work, 
please communicate with us and give us the "names 
of those to whom we may write. 

Please give this appeal serious consideration. 

Address Business Manager, Ashland <;ollege 
Ashland, Ohio. 

^ With the Laymen ^ 


On Tuesday evening, February 6, the laymen of 
the Waterloo, Iowa, Brethren Church met for or- 
ganization. At that meeting the following officers 
were elected : 

President Melvin Peck 

Vice- President Otis McCann 

Secretary-Treasurer Harold Moser 

Membership Secretary Wayne Lamb 

Vice-president Otis McCann was also made chair- 
man of the program committee. The men who at- 
tended were very optimistic about the good that this 
organization will be able to do. It is hoped that many 
more of the men of the church will unite themselves 
with this organization. (From the Waterloo Bul- 
letin) . ..■,.; 


On Tuesday evening, March 13, the Ashland Lay- 
men's Organization was host to surrounding laymen 
of the Brethren and the Church of the Brethren. 

Representative groups were present from the 
Smithville, Rittman, Louisville, Canton and Ashland 
Brethren Churches, and from the Ashland Third 
Street, and the Dickey and Maple Grove Churches 
of the Brethren. 

The group singing of the evening was in charge 
of Mr. Elton Whitted, chairman of the music com- 
mittee of the Ashland Laymen, with Mr. Ed Spen- 
cer of the College, at the piano. Special numbers 
were brought by Mr. Robert Powell of Williams- 
town, Ohio and Mr. Spencer, with Dr. L. E. Lin- 
dower as accompanist. Rev. L. V. King, pastor of 
the Ashland Church gave words of welcome. 

The devotions of the evening were brought by Dr. 
Martin Shively, who read from the sixth chapter of 
Galatians and led in prayer. 

Each group present was introduced in turn and 
the count showed more than fifty men were present. 

The speaker of the evening was to have been Rev. 
J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Smithville Brethren 
Church, but because of an operation which hospital- 
ized him, he could not be present. However, Dean 
M. A. Stuckey was prevailed upon to substitute for 
him and he graciously consented to do so. He brought 
a forceful message on the topic, "Christ's Chris- 
tians." This was very timely and well received. 

Following the benediction, which was pronounced 



by Rev. E. M. Riddle, pastor of the Louisville Breth- 
ren Church, the group adjourned to the basement of 
the church where luncheon was served by the social 
committee of the Ashland Laymen's Organization, 
under the guidance of Mr. Clayton Mundorf, chair- 
man of the committee. 

It was truly a fine time of fellowship and should 
be I'epeated more often. 

The meeting was in charge of the undersigned. 
A. Glenn Carpenter, 
President Ashland Laymen's Organization. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y Gilmer 


Different Prayers 

Three doors there are in the temple 

Where men go up to pray, 
And they that wait at the outer gate 

May enter by either way. . 

There are some that pray by asking; 

They lie on the Master's breast, « 

And, shunning the strife of the lower life. 

They utter their cry for rest. 

There are some that pray by seeking; 

They doubt where their reason fails, 
But their mind's despair is the ancient prayer 

To touch the print of the nails. 

There are some that pray by knocking; 

They put their strength to the wheel 
For they have not time for thoughts sublime; 

They can only act as they feel. 

Father, give each his answer. 

Each in his kindred way; 
Adapt Thy light to his form of night 

And grant him his needed day. 



Have one to speak briefly on the subject: "What the Prayer 
Meeting Means In My Life." 


1 John 3:13 

"Human nature is the same as of old. There is still a Cain, 
the world, hating its Abel, the Church." There is a wide gulf 
between sin and righteousness as there was a violent con- 
trast between Cain and Abel. A sinful world chafes under 
the silent rebuke administered by the lives of the righteous 
and for this reason hatred is felt by men of the world toward 
the church (Jn. 15:18-25). Having come out from the world 
which is still among the dead, the saints devote themselves 
to testifying against its sin and to manifesting another and 
a purer life (2 Cor. 6:17; Rom. 12:2). This condemnation 
arouses the hostility of the world (John 16:1, 2). 

Does the "world" really hate Christians now? If not, why 

not? (Luke 6:26). Maybe the Church is worldly in spirit, 
•'highly respectable" and "inoffensive," not converting or dis- 
turbing the "world." Where is the outspoken testimony in 
aggressive attacks on the world's sin? Much 'hatred exists 
on the part of the world against the doctrines of the church. 
The worldling hates the demands of a life consecrated to 
Christ. The formalist hates what he calls "Puritanism." The 
easy-going hate the call to strive to enter in at the strait 
gate. The rationalist hates the doctrine of the atonement. The 
"broad-minded" hate the exclusive claims of the Savior (Jn. 
10:1; 14:6; 5:38). The evolutionist hates the doctrine of di- 
rect creation. The philosopher scorns the doctrine of Incarna- 
tion. The. modernist denies the supernatural and the miracu- 
lous. The agnostic prefers his ignorance, because he hates 
to receive the kingdom of God as a little child. The free- 
thinker hates to subject his thinking to the supreme laws 
of righteousness. In all these ways men hate the doctrine 
of the cross. As Paul said, the worse thing we have to con- 
tend with is "false brethren" in the Church. It was their 
faith in their own peculiar kind of faith that divided the ■ 
church at Corinth (2 Cor. 11:13, 14, 26; 1 Cor. 11:18, 19; 1 
Cor. 1:11-13.) 

Let easy-going Christianity go crusading for Christian doc- 
trine, exposing anti-christian heresy and men's favorite, sins 
and it will find the world as indisposed to the yoke of Christ 
as ever. Unless we make the world wance and writhe under 
our rebuke of its faithlessness toward God and its wrongs 
to men we are not truly representing Him Whose we are 
and Whom we are pledged to serve. 

The Scriptures and Russia 

The American Bible Society receives from time to time 
letters inquiring concerning the standing of various organiza- 
tions purporting to be engaged in supplying or preparing to 
supply Scriptures to Christians in Russia. In general these 
organizations are private agencies not endorsed by or related 
to official church bodies. 

The American Bible Society and the British and Foreign 
Bible Society have been watching the situation in respect to 
Russia and the Bible with the most eager and careful atten- 
tion. It is of the most profound interest to these Societies, 
which have in the past been active in the supply of Russian 
Scriptures just so far as was possible. 

The British Society is constantly seeking contact with the 
situation in Russia as is the American Society also. The lat- 
ter, more able to produce Scriptures, has printed more than 
400,000 Gospels in Russian and two editions of New Testa- 
ments, the most recent in the new Russian orthography. A 
supply of Bibles is being printed in Sweden and a reference 
Bible in a new format is being set in type in the U. S. A. 
The American Society, through its Geneva office, has sup- 
plied Scriptures to Russian prisoners of war held by Ger- 
many, and is supplying th^m to American chaplains when- 
ever needed. 

No evidence has been found so far by. either Society that 
Scriptures can be shipped into Russia nor any clear indica- 
tion that aid, financial or otherwise, will be welcomed. There 
are possibilities that it might be resented. Upon the possi- 
bility of aid the Societies initiated careful inquiry a number 
of weeks ago to which response is not yet in hand. 

As soon as it is clear that there is a valid possibility of 
aid in supplying Scriptures to the Russian people the Ameri- 
can Bible Society will instantly seek funds required. Until 
then it does not feel itself warranted to appeal for resources 
or to claim the possibility of achievements genuinely in doubt. 

MARCH 24, 1945 





W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

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Scripture: I Cor. 15:50-58 

For The Leader 

Easter is here once again with its inspiration of hope and 
new life. Again we thrill to the account of the resurrection 
of our Christ. Again we sing forth the praises to His name 
for what that resurrection means to us. Do we not know that 
except Christ be risen, there is no hope for us to live again. 
He, said, "Because I live, ye too shall live." Therefore, "I 
know that my Redeemer liveth." This song should ring from 
our hearts and voices on this glad day. Calvary, the tomb, 
and the resurrection, all have an important part to play in 
the purchase of eternal redemption for us. "Living, he loveJ 
me; Dying, He, saved me; Buried, He carried my sins far 
away; Rising, He justified. Freely forever; One Day He's 
coming, glorious day." These words inspire us to this topic 
tonight of the life that death cannot overcome. These words 
should renew our hearts to the desire of serving Christ until 
that day. 


1. IT IS A LIFE OF GLORY. Really, the life that death 
cannot overcome means the life of a Christian as it goes 
from the body to heaven. Yes, heaven, a place of emperors, 
a commonwealth of kings. Every humble soul in that place 
which trusted in Christ for the hope of eternal life, is a co- 
heir with Christ. There He has a robe of honor, a sceptre of 
power, a throne of majesty, and a crown of glory. Truly 
this is the life of victory. This is the life we are asking 
you, under Christ, to live each day. Christ is our pattern by 
which we are to live. As such He is our pattern for the glory 
which shall then be ours. Too often we tend to judge life's 
values with what we have around us. Let us view the glory 
with- Christ and design our life accordingly. 

2. IT IS A LIFE OF ETERNAL BLISS. "What a heaven- 
full of princely creatures the Eternal Father \\ill have, when 
all the redeemed shall be presented to Him in the brightness 
of His Son's glory; even as His Son is the brightness of His 
glory. Christ has said, "They will shine, like so many suns, 
in the kingdom of the Father! A whole heaven full of glor- 
ious-bodied creatures, each one sending forth a splendor like 
the glorious body of the Lord." We shall ever shine in eternal 
glory and everlasting bliss, for we shall be with Christ, and 
He with us. 

Too much, today, we lose sight of life as eternal. Our 
minds take the trend away from these things. If we. knew 
that this week was our last to live, how would we act? Some 
will lose heaven because they lost sight of heaven through 
carelessness and participation in ungodly things. 

3. IT IS A LIFE OF A CHANGED BODY. Tho subject of 
the kind of body our resurrected bodies will be has often been 
discussed. We do know that it will be a changed body. This 
body is of flesh and blood, and of corruption and mortality. 
We are told in the text that "flesh and blood cannot inherit 
the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incor- 

ruption." So, this body must be changed. We believe it to be 
a body free from pain, sickness, sin and disease. At any rate 
it will be a body suited to the needs of the spiritual world. 
It will be a body sanctified and cleared from all imperfec- 
tions. Jesus by His victorious power over the grave has as- 
sured us who believe in Him of a body which will be perfect 
in any way. 

4. IT IS A LIFE OF TRIUMPH. A great fear of all men 
is the fear of death. Though we may live as if we, loved this 
world with all our heart, yet back in the dark recesses of 
every mind is the constant dread of death. To the person 
outside of Christ this is a justified fear, for there is no light 
for their journey, and no hope to come. Perhaps to us who 
love Christ and know Him, there is little thought of the hour 
of death. And rightly so, for death as we know it is a sweet 
home coming for the Christian. Through countless ages, death 
and the grave has triumphed over life, its attainments and 
glories. It always seemed that when a person became great- 
est in world power, that death stepped in and took them from 
the scene. But Christ triumphed over death and as such is the 
hope we have of similar triumph. There is no hope apart 
from Christ. Death is swallowed up in victory. 

5. IT IS A LIFE WHICH GOD GIVES. "But thanks be to 
God!" The apostle Paul is not a bit backward in giving credit 
to whom credit is due. Are we just as zealous in praising 
God for the hope of eternal life ? To Him, and to Him alone, 
all praise is due. The chief occupation of the saints in glory 
will be that of praising God forever more,. Why not get a 
little more of it on our lips by way of practice here below ? 
To see some people when they attend Church one would think 
they had nothing for which to praise God. Always we, should 
seek to bring praise and honor to His name. God so loved 
the world, that he gave Christ, that we through him might 
be eternally saved. 

cannot touch its icy fingers to the soul of the Christian. 
Rather, though, if thou hast anything in thy life which would 
not look good in the eyes of God, be assured that thou hast 
reason to fear death, he pure and radiant Christian life is 
victorious through Christ. What we are referring to here is 
the daily walk of the Christian. Easter cannot mean much to 
us if we plan to fill our life with evil things. All the ser- 
vices will not help us at all if we plan to do ungodly things 
afterwards. The world today is suffering from a war mad- 
ness. Its very spirit would enter into our own selves, seek- 
ing to lead us into a spirit of "don't-careness" and reckless- 
ness. Such a break down dare not come, to us if we would 
lay claim to the, life that is victorious. Only as we purge 
ourselves daily can we hope to enjoy the wholesome benefits 
of radiant Christianity, both here and hereafter. 

7. THEREFORE. Paul in closing his marvelous discourse 
on the splendor of the resurrected life, brings a lesson which 
we dare not overlook. Therefore, because of the hope which 
is ours this glad Easter day, let us set ourselves to the daily 
service of living Christian. Be ye steadfast, unmovable. Stand 
true to Christian convictions. Be not led astray in evil temp- 
tations. The Church needs young people of conviction. Let us 
serve Christ, knowing that our labors are not in vain when 
we serve Him. When we know of the. glories which are ours 
to come we will be even more dutiful than we have ever been 
before. Serve Christ in the, hope of the life to come. 


1. What was the nature of the body Jesus had when He 
rose from the grave? 



2. Discuss what you think our own bodies will be like on 
the day of resurrection. 

3. What proof do we have that we shall live again ? John 

4. How long will this heavenly life last? Rev. 1:18. 



A new Service Club was organized at Louisville, Ohio, 
Brethren Church in January. The ministry to nearly 50 folks 
in the military had been directed and largely carried by the 
Young People's Sunday School class. So few were left that 
it proveid to be too much for them to carry. Steps were taken 
to organize a Service Club of volunteers from the Sunday 
School and Church. 

The new club has officers, namely — Miss Ruth Clapper, 
Chairman; A. E. Schwab, Co-Chairman; Mrs. Kathleen Mil- 
ler, Secretary; Mrs. Catherine Irey, Assistant Secretary. This 
organization meets the last Sunday evening of the month, 
during the C. E. Hour, just before the Church service. The 
period is spent in prayer, reading letters from those away 
and assigning names and addresses to all who wish to write 
letters or send a birthday greeting to those in the govern- 
ment service. Each month the names are re-assigned. A gen- 
eral news sheet, with a short message from the Pastor will 
be sent at inteirvals. This, will be in addition to the letters 
that are sent each month. Last month each letter carried a 
copy of the G. I. Bill of Rights — from Ashland College. 

A lovely box was sent to each of our service folks at 
Christmas time. Only one failed to reach its destination, that 
we know about. In this, the S. M. M. (older group) carried 
the greater responsibility, with the co-operation of the class 
mentioned above, and a heap of friends, who contributed 
money for the project. 

Any effort on our past is so small when we think of the 
price that so many are paying. There are other possibilities 
for this Club, which will, no doubt, be assumed later. Per- 
haps they can assist some of those who return in finding 
suitable work and, better yet, to find themselves in the 
church program again. 

This report is offered with the hope that it may assist 
some other church in their efforts toward a greater ministry 
to the military folks. 

E. M. Riddle, pastor. 

Ashland Collese News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

Since last reporting from here, several notices have reached 
the campus telling us of more "Sons of the Pines" who have 
given their lives for their country. Five gold stars are now 
on our service board. Each represents a supreme sacrifice. 
We never cease to pray for those who have thus far been 
spared and we hope that they may be speedily returned to 
their families and to us. 

The known dead from Ashland College are: Robert Miller, 
William Norton, Wayne Inslee, Glenn Haller and Ed. Crum- 
rine. None are from Brethren Churches but some may be 
known. All have been in school in the past ten years. 

A recent check shows that about 415 former students are 
or have been in the service. 

The Pastors' Institute, started last year as an annual con- 
ference was cancelled for this year due to O. P. A. rulings 
regarding such gatherings. While we are sorry to abandon 
this highly successful meeting temporarily, Ashland College 
is willing to do anything reasonable to cooperate if it will 
bring our "Sons of the Pines" home sooner. 

In response to the request of the O. P. A., Easter vacation 
this year wdll consist of only one day. Good Friday. Last year 
only one day was observed. 

The new Summer School Bulletin is now available. A post 
card will bring your copy if you are interested in courses 
this summer. A ten week term, June 11 to August 17 is 

Ossy Renardy, a brilliant violinist gave a concert here last f^ 
Friday as one number on the Ashland College Concert-Lee- ^"^ 
ture Series. 

Dr. David Moore Robinson, Archaeologist, appeared Tues- 
day as another number in the series. He was sent here for 
a series of conferences and le*;tures by the Association of 
American Colleges. 

Both men were greatly enjoyed by the campus community. 

Tonight (March 24) is the performance of "A Journey to 
Jerusalem." More work than usual has been put on this play 
and it has been looked forward to with keen anticipation. 


' ■ • (Continued from page 2) 

MARYLAND, reports that a group from the Linwood Breth- 
ren Church recently had charge of a devotional service at 
the Home for the Aged at Westminster. 

PASTORATE at Lathrop, California, and has returned to 
Waterloo, Iowa. His address is now 841 Fletcher Avenue, 

Mail for the Lathrop Church should be addressed to Fred 
Kleist, Deacon, Lathrop, California. 

THE MEN'S CHORUS of the Vinco Brethren Church gave 
an entire evening's Sacred Concert at the Vinco Church on ^ 
Sunday, March 18. 

DR. C. F. YODER closed a meeting at the Falls City, 
Nebraska, Brethren Church on Sunday, March 18. The meet- 
ings began on March 7th. 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, pastor: 

"The Young People's Gospel Team gave a fine presenta- 
tion of the "New Crusade" on Sunday evening, February 18. 

"On Friday night, February 23, a fine group of fathers 
and sons enjoyed a 'full meal and program.' This was spon- 
sored by the Official Board of the church. The wives of the 
men served the bountiful and tasty meal." 

REV. J. G. DODDS, pastor of the Smithville Brethren 
Church, submitted to an emergency operation in the Com- 
munity Hospital of Wooster, Ohio, recently. Latest reports 
are- that he is recovering nicely. Remember him in your 

MARCH 24, 1945 


mer in the recent death of his father. May the comforting 
power of the Holy Spirit minister to the bereaved. 

DR. L. E. LINDOWER, of Ashland Theological Seminary, 
was the guest preacher at the. Bryan, Ohio, Brethren Church 
on Sunday, March 11, filling in for Brother C. A. Stewart 
who is holding a revival meeting for the New Lebanon, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. Reports tell us that the meeting is going 
along fine. 

iCaift to IS^at 

GILMER. Samuel A. Gilmer was born March 24, 1870, in 
Rockingham County, Virginia, and departed this life Febru- 
ary 22, 1945, aged 74 years, 10 months and 28 days. Death 
was due to pneumonia and complications. 

He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Wheelbarger Gil- 
mer. When a young man he left his parental home near 
Staunton, Virginia, and went to Park County, Indiana. Here 
on September 2.5, 1895 he was united in marriage to Mary 
Ida Snyder, who also came from Virginia that they might 
establish their home in the Mid-West. Soon they moved to 
Union County, Indiana, where at the. age of twenty-seven 
Brother Gilmer united with The Church of the Brethren. He 
was soon elected to the office of Deacon, became Sunday 
School Superintedent, and also served in the various capaci- 
ties of the laity in the church. 

In 1918 he moved his family to South Whitley, Indiana, in 
order to give his sons the opportunity of higher education 
under the influence of the Church of the Brethrein College at 
North Manchester. 

The nearer relatives who survive are the widow; three 
sons, Rev. Clarence Y. Gilmer, Conemaugh, Pa., Rev. Roy 
J. Gilmer, Huntington, Indiana, and Herbert R. Gilmer, South 
Whitley, Indiana; four grandchildren; two sisters and four 
brothers who reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 

Brother Gilmer was a farmer by occupation and progressed 
from a farm hand to a farm owner. He was interested pri- 
marily in the Church and the doctrines of the Christian faith. 

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 26, at 
the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren and interment was 
made in the South Wlutley Cemetery. 



The Voice of the Pennsylvania C. E. 

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Miss Lenore McCracken 

At the close of day, with its business and pleasure, tempta- 
tions and testings, we must turn our thoughts to our Maker. 
We must find our solitary place and be alone with God, giv- 
ing the heart an opportunity to look up in thankfulness for 
the strength of the day. When we are alone with God we 
can sense His nearness; we can talk to Him as a child talks 
to his earthly parent. And because we are His children we 
trust Him with all those secret things we scarcely dare put 
into words. Then there comes the confidence that He hears 
and understands our faltering words and we feel the help 
and comfort He gives in times of trouble. As our hearts unite. 

with His, we feel that He enters into our life in its disap- 
pointments and successes, its joys and sorrows. Life is not 
all of one color and so we find that we need Him in times 
of success and pleasure no less than when things go wrong 
and problems dismay us. 

But this Quiet Time with the Lord is not complete when 
we merely draw apart from the world, we must partake of 
the Bread of Life which nourishes the famishing soul. We 
must remember that the Psalmist said, "Thy Word have I 
hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee." It is still 
the Christian's tower of strength. Perhaps here is one of 
our main weaknesses. We remember the trysting place with 
the Lord and say our hurried prayer but forget to listen for 
His voice and wait for His spirit to fill us with power as we 
quietly read and meditate on His Word. 

A Quiet Time with the Lord is not complete, nor can it 
richly bless us, unless we read His word in a spirit of medi- 
tation and then speak to Him as our hearts are led by His 

— Cameron, West, Va. 



News From Our 



It has been quite some time since you have heard from the 
Dayton Brethren Church, but we have been going forward in 
the work of the Lord. In the two years since our church 
has been dedicated, we have taken in 105 new members. Six 
more were baptized last Sunday (February 25) and another 
is ready for this sacred rite. 

Four choirs, with a combined membership of seventy-five, 
are giving of their time and talents to provide musical num- 
bers for all the church services. 

Conspicuous by their absence in our church attendance two 
years ago were young people of high school age. In fact' 
there were only four who attended regularly. Now we can 
part in our worship. Several weeks ago the eyes of the en- 
always depend upon approximately thirty to come and take 
tire congregation were focused on these youth as seven of 
them dedicated their lives to full time Christian service. 

The work of the Dayton Church has prospered under the 
guidance of our pastor and his wife. Rev. and Mrs. Vernon 
Grisso. There is still much to be done, and with the Lord's 
help we will continue to grow in the years to come. 

Joan Eccard, Corresponding Secretary. 


The Roann Church is moving forward. We had a fin© re- 
vival meeting in January with Rev. C. A. Stewart of Bryan, 
Ohio, as our evangelist. His clear Scriptural messages gave 
all who heard them a greater understanding and a greater 
appreciation of the gospel of Christ. Even those of the other 
churches expressed their appreciation of his messages. As 3 
result of the meeting the church was greatly strengthened. 
Visible results were nine received into the church, seven of 



which came by baptism. There are others who will be received 
in the near future. The people were very faithful for the en- 
tire meeting. In spite of very sevej-e winter weather, there 
were many who never missed a service, and the average at- 
tendance for the meeting was one hundred. The other churches 
of our town co-operated by dismissing their evening services 
and on the Sunday evenings the church was filled. 

A number of improvements have been made since our last 
report. The church audtorium has beeji papered and the base- 
ment has been painted. We recently received our new Amer- 
ican Hymnals. Our heating system has been improved by the 
installation of a new stoker. A new roof has been put on the 
parsonage and storm windows for the pastor's study. Plans 
are being made for further work. Last summer a Repair and 
Improvement Fund was established and is now large enough 
to care for considerable work. 

We are trusting our Lord for His guidance and help in 
carrying on His work in this community. 

Smith Rose, Pastor. 


"God works in mysterious ways, etc." The engine head for 
the Gospel bus found "busted." Local mechanics said they 
could not be found anywhere in this section. What could be 
done ? Prayer, yes much prayer. The leading was to write 
to Brother Vanator to ask him to run a notice of the need 
in The Evangelist. This he very kindly and graciously did. 
Still prayer went up to the throne. God directed the eye of 
our big-hearted friend and brother, John Eck of New Leb- 
anon, Ohio, to this notice, and soon we had a letter, yes, two 
of them, telling us the engine head was shipped. Then later 
this head was received, put in place and is working fine. 

What a Golden thread of His leading. Somehow it just 
made us feel how much it does mean to have the privilege 
of prayer, fellowship and friends. It just helped to deepen 
Christianity in our hearts a bit more, and we praised the 
Lord for it all. Yes when things happen that seem so adverse 
to us, how blessed it is just to take Romans 8:28, claim it, 
rest in the promise, and see how God works. And He works, 
when we pray and work. 

A War Incident 

In the first year of our work at Lost Creek, Mrs. Drushal 
wrote the following school song. Those who have been at 
Riverside know it. 

"There's a pleasant little valley by a quiet peaceful stream 
That is loved by men and maidens far and wide; 

And 'tis there in the mountains in the little valley green 
Stands the school we love the best, dear Riverside. 


"As old Troublesome doth glide past our dear Riverside, 

It reminds that our lives speed swiftly on; 
So we'll labor while we may and improve each passing day. 

For the days at Riverside will soon be done. 

"Hark, we hear the old bell calling — duty's call we must obey, 
Tho its chimes fall now on many a thoughtless ear; 

Hours of sweetest joy pass quickest, let us cherish while we 
All that's ours now to bless each coming year. 

"In the years of life before us there will come full many a 
When both duty's call and pleasures seem so strong; 
When tempted and discouraged, our Christ will send the ray, 

That will light our feet away from paths of wrong." , 

Recently a leitter was received from one of Riverside's for- 
mer pupils now in Belgium, connected with the heavy artil- 
lery. We quote: 

"Quite recently while moving up, we stopped in an empty 
war-torn village — the rubble of what used to be. Houses lit- 
tered the street and occasionally the sky framed by the square 
of four walls, without a roof. We were waiting for road clear- 
ance when another convoy pulled out of the night. As a truck 
when creeping by I heard someone singing "Riverside." I . 
yelled but I didn't receive any answer. I still wonder who it 
was, but I suppose I will never know. When I heard that 
coming from a truck BOUND FOR CERTAIN CONFLICT I 
felt an emotion that I cannot express, and the rest of the 
night we rolled on I found myself singing snatches of the 
song — and received strange comfort from it." ^ 

Manual Strong. ^ 

Truly it is a small world in which we live. • 

G. E. Drushal. 


You have not heard much news from the Oak Hill, West 
Virginia, Church, so I will write a short news letter. 

Our church has had all kinds of trials and tribulations the 
last few years. We were discouraged on account of a debt 
that had been hanging for years. Brother L. A. Myers came 
to us and got our courage up and we got busy and went to 
paying off our debt. We were getting our debt cut down when 
Brother Myers passed away in February, 1944. In honor of 
Brother Myers the church got down to business and cleared 
the debt before July. 

We were without a pastor until last September, when 
Brother H. R. Garland came to us and took up the work. We 
kept things moving as best we could without a pastor. We 
had mid-week prayer service and Sunday School and had 
some kind of a program every Sunday morning and evening. 
We 'have an excellent choir led by S. E. Duncan that helped 
out in these programs. 

Brother Garland came in early September and took hold 
of the work in earnest. He baptized eight young people the 
first month he was here. He organized several groups — 
Christian Endeavor, Laymen's Organization, etc. We have 
a fine bunch of young people. Our choir is made up mostly 
of yoimg people. They render special numbers for our ser- ^ 
vices and have been invited to some of the larger churches " 
for special songs. Our young people are practically all girls, 
as all our boys are in service for our country that are old 
enough, but we are fortunate in having two young men at- 
tending our services that belong to other churches. They both 
belong to our choir, but one of them has received his call 
to service. 

Well, just as things were going good, something generally 
happens. At a recent called business meeting Brother Gar- 
land asked to be released from his work at once. The church 
granted his request and he and his family are leaving today 
(March 6th). At our choir practice last night (March 5th) 
quite a .number expressed their regrets. 

So we are now without a pastor. We will have to work 
hard to keep things moving until we can get another pastor. 
We hope to have the prayers of the Brotherhood for our 
work here that we might do the work our church has to do in 
this town. 

J. A. Duncan. 


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held recently in the St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church 
and that a report will soon be forthcoming. He also an- 
nounces the "big day of service" in that church on Easter 
Sunday, beginning with a Sunrise Service at 7:00 A. M., to 
be followed by the Sunrise breakfast in the social rooms of 
the church. Sunday School will be held at 10:00 A. M., and 
morning worship at 11:00 o'clock. Dr. W. D. Furry of Ash- 
' land Seminary will be the speaker at each of these services. 

VANIA, Bulletin that eight of the Brethren